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The lowest level of the Vermont State Court system consists of its Vermont's Environmental Court, Probate Courts, and the Vermont Judicial Branch. Vermont's Probate Courts handle probate/estate issues, and adoption, mental health, and miscellaneous civil cases. Vermont's Environmental Court exclusively hears appeals of administrative agency decisions, and the Vermont Judicial Bureau mainly hears traffic and ordinance infractions. The next level of Vermont's court system includes the state's Family Courts, which hear mental health, juvenile, and domestic relations cases, the Vermont Superior Courts, which handle tort, contract, real property, small claims, and other civil appeals, and Vermont's District Courts, which also hear civil appeals as well as cases relating to felony and misdemeanor charges. If you're seeking information regarding a Vermont court case, the Vermont Judiciary's website ( provides Vermont court forms, civil court opinions, and additional features including a Vermont child support calculator. If you're trying to get copies of Vermont court documents, you will need to contact the Superior Court clerk for the county in which the case was heard. Although most Vermont court records are considered public record, the method of obtaining copies of these varies by court.
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25, Oct 2014 - Essex, VT Vt. prison guard headed to prison
Vermont prison guard is headed to prison for sexually abusing two female inmates.
25, Oct 2014 - Mom, beau plead not guilty in boy's booze-IV death
ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. — A Vermont woman and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to charges they put alcohol in her disabled 13-year-old son's IV tube, contributing to his death. Melissa Robitille and Walter Richters III were ordered held without bail Wednesday on second-degree murder charges in the August death of Isaac Robitille. Prosecutor Maria Byford says, "There's great evidence of guilt ...
24, Oct 2014 - School staff accused of abuse
CONCORD – Relatives of two disabled students are suing a New Hampshire special needs school, claiming staff pinched, hit and taunted the children and took photos of a naked boy sitting on a toilet. Lawyers for the parents of a 9-year-old New Hampshire boy and the grandmother of an 11-year-old Vermont girl filed the lawsuit in federal court in Concord, claiming abuse by several staff members at ...
24, Oct 2014 - Caller reports alleged DUI with 3 children in vehicle
BENNINGTON -- A Shaftsbury woman is facing charges of driving drunk with three children in her car after a man told police he saw her stumble to her car and drive to Shaftsbury from Arlington erratically. Emily Gillis, 34, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to driving under the influence of alcohol, and three counts of reckless endangerment, all misdemeanors.
24, Oct 2014 - Friday: Is it time for A.G. Pam Bondi to drop her fight against gay marriage?
Florida's Attorney General, Pam Bondi, is at it again. Just Wednesday, she filed papers in Broward County Circuit Court opposing a divorce settlement by two lesbian partners who were joined by civil union in the state of Vermont.
24, Oct 2014 - Shumlin taps Judge Harold Eaton for high court
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced he will appoint Judge Harold "Duke" Eaton, Jr., to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court.
23, Oct 2014 - Vermont Man Guilty Of Luring, Killing Teacher
Allen Prue enters the courtroom in Vermont Superior Court, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Burlington, Vt. Prue was convicted Wednesday of luring prep-school teacher Melissa Jenkins out of her Vermont home under the guise of a broken down car, then killing her.
23, Oct 2014 - Judge: RGA violated campaign finance law in 2010
A Vermont judge says the Republican Governor's Association violated campaign finance laws during the 2010 campaign.
23, Oct 2014 - Caledonia, VT Vt. jury convicts snowplow driver in teacher's murder
A Waterford, Vermont man was convicted Wednesday in the brutal March, 2012 killing of a beloved St. Johnsbury Academy Science teacher. A jury of six men and six women found Allen Prue guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and attempted kidnapping. The decision followed a 10-day trial and roughly six hours of deliberations. Allen Prue turned his head from news cameras and ...
22, Oct 2014 - Windham, VT Defendants in Grega lawsuit file motion to dismiss
BRATTLEBORO -- Four men named as defendants in a lawsuit filed by a man imprisoned for 18 years in the murder of his wife filed for a motion to dismiss late on Wednesday afternoon. According to documents filed with the U.S. Federal Court for the District of Vermont, John Grega has "failed to allege any valid federal or state claim against William Pettengill, Dan Davis, Glen Gutting and
22, Oct 2014 - Court finds RGA violated Vermont campaign law
A Vermont court has determined that the Republican Governors Association violated campaign finance law when it set up a political action committee in 2010 that the state said was designed to get around a $2,000 campaign contribution limit. Judge Helen Toor of the Washington Superior Court found that the PAC Green Mountain Prosperity, an offshoot of the RGA, accepted contributions larger than the ...
22, Oct 2014 - Caledonia, VT No verdict yet in Vermont teacher killing case
After five hours of deliberations the jury in the Allen Prue murder trial called it quits for the night Tuesday.   
22, Oct 2014 - Bennington, VT Bennington College files suit after purchase doesn't meet expectations
BENNINGTON -- Bennington College has brought suit against a St. Louis-based manufacturer of environmental chambers after four chambers the company installed allegedly did not meet specifications. The college on Oct. 16 filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Vermont against Darwin Chambers Company, asking for a declaratory judgment regarding its rights concerning the termination
22, Oct 2014 - Bennington, VT Letters to the Editor
Support for Erica Marthage These are challenging times for Vermont. We hear and see daily reports of drug deals, domestic violence and other crimes in every corner of our state. We always thought that our communities were oases of safety surrounded by a turbulent world. Sadly, that’s no longer true, even in Bennington County.
22, Oct 2014 - Rutland, VT Niskayuna woman convicted of Vermont estate fraud
Merz and McGuigan at the time had $88,000 in debt against the estate for funeral expenses, property maintenance, credit card expenses and nursing home and medical care, all of which were never paid. Merz was found guilty by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Burlington, Vt., of conspiracy, interstate transportation of stolen money, wire fraud and forgery.
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