The Special Advisory Committee on Remote Hearings is preparing a report for the Vermont Supreme Court regarding the future of remote hearings in Vermont state courts. A special survey has been devised to gather input from the bar on this important topic. Below is a message from the Committee’s Chair, Scott Griffith, about the survey and here’s a LINK to the survey itself. Here’s a LINK also to the CAO Memo about the survey that has gone out to the bar.
The deadline for responding to the survey is Friday, June 10. Please take advantage of this opportunity to shape how remote hearings will be used in the courts going forward. Thanks very much!
As you and your members are aware, the Vermont Judiciary has been using remote hearings as a way to ensure access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic, and remote and hybrid hearings will likely continue to be a feature of Judiciary operations even after the pandemic has abated. As a way to help guide the Court’s decision-making on this matter, it established a Special Advisory Committee on Remote Hearings to inform the development of procedures that preserve access to justice, provide for an open and affordable court system, and use resources in a cost-effective manner.
The Advisory Committee seeks the opinion of members of the Vermont Bar about the use of remote hearings. Can you share the link below with your members?
Note that for purposes of this survey, “remote hearings” includes evidentiary and non-evidentiary hearings, and both video and phone hearings.
All questions are optional and you may choose to answer or skip any question. In addition, all responses will be confidential.
Please complete the survey by Friday June 10. We will share summary responses with the Vermont Bar Association.
Link to survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MP8CMP8
Chair, Special Advisory Committee on Remote Hearings
Chief of Planning and Court Services
Court Administrator’s Office