Justice Burgess to Retire from Supreme Court


Vermont Supreme Court Justice Brian L. Burgess announced today that he will retire on August 1, 2013.


In a letter addressed to the Governor, Justice Burgess wrote:  “This is to advise you that I will be retiring, and plan to resign from my position of Supreme Court Associate Justice as of August 1, 2013.  I would add only my appreciation for the support of your administration for Vermont’s judicial branch in which I have had the privilege and honor to serve.” 


Chief Justice Paul Reiber stated that Justice Burgess is a friend and respected colleague who will be missed, not only for his intellect and common sense, but also for his thoughtful, deliberative approach to decision-making and his wry sense of humor.


Justice Burgess was appointed as a trial court judge in 1992.  He served as the Administrative Judge for the Trial Courts from 2004 until his current appointment as an Associate Justice in 2005.  During his tenure as an Associate Justice, Justice Burgess served as Chair of the Sentencing Commission and as the Court’s liaison to the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee. 


Before his appointment to the bench, he had a distinguished career in public service in Vermont.  He served as an Assistant Attorney General between 1978 and 1983 and then as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Labor &Industry from 1983-1985.   He became Deputy Attorney General in 1985 and continued in that role until his appointment as a trial court judge.  


Justice Burgess is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester and of Villanova University School of Law.