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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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21, Sep 2014 - Vermont Superior Court, Bennington, roundup
BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard on Sept. 8, in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Unit Criminal Division. * Collette Clair, 17, of Dover, Mass., pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor counts of careless or negligent vehicle operation, and vehicle operation at excessive speed. According to State Trooper Wayne Godfrey, on July 31 at 7:39 a.
21, Sep 2014 - Man denied bail in death of daughter's boyfriend
A Vermont man accused of killing his daughter's boyfriend and burying his body beneath a manure pile is staying in jail for now. The Rutland Herald reports the Vermont Supreme Court has upheld an earlier decision issued in Rutland criminal court that Stephen Pelletier should continue to be held without bail as he awaits his first-degree murder trial. The 59-year-old Pelletier of Castleton is ...
21, Sep 2014 - Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin devoted his entire State of the State address in January to what he called Vermont’s “full-blown heroin crisis.” Since 2000, he said, the state had seen a 250 percent increase in addicts receiving treatment. The courts were swamped with heroin-related cases.
21, Sep 2014 - Woman charged with sexually assaulting 14-year-old
State police say they charged a woman with sexual assault after they found she had had a sexual relationship with a missing 14-year-old child in her home.  Vermont State Police say they found a missing juvenile at a residence at 35 Beckett St. in Williamstown Wednesday. Courtney Heath, 23, was charged with unlawful sheltering of a runaway juvenile. After more investigation, troopers say they ...
21, Sep 2014 - Vermont's Defender General, state's attorneys escaped budget cuts
MONTPELIER -- State prosecutors and public defenders were the two departments this month that escaped the chopping block as lawmakers cut $31 million from the state budget.
21, Sep 2014 - Cumberland man sentenced to 12 years in prison for 3 bank robberies
PROVIDENCE - A Cumberland man was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court to 12 years in prison for robbing three banks, two in Rhode Island and one in Vermont.
21, Sep 2014 - Vermont receives $78,000 check for GMO defense fund
MONTPELIER -- Vermont has raised more than $300,000 in private donations since May to help defend its GMO labeling law in federal court.
21, Sep 2014 - Regulators to re-examine Vt. Gas pipeline project
The Vermont Supreme Court has given state regulators the go-ahead to re-examine the cost of a natural gas pipeline project.
21, Sep 2014 - Rutland, VT Vermont study finds little racial bias in treatment of young offenders
Minority youths access court diversion programs as often as white youths, a recently released study has found. Female youths, however, are less often referred to diversion and more likely to end up in adult court. The study, conducted by the Vermont Center for Justice Research, used three years of data from Chittenden, Rutland and Bennington counties to examine the representation of
21, Sep 2014 - Judge tosses lawsuit against Newport, police after standoff
A federal judge has found no merit in a lawsuit filed by a Vermont man who held police at bay from the roof of his home last year. The Caledonian Record reports  Derick Niles sued the city of Newport, its police chief and an officer alleging false arrest, perjury, sworn falsification and prosecutorial misconduct  and libel. A judge wrote Niles failed to state a claim upon which relief can be ...
20, Sep 2014 - Child Abuse Cases Spike In Vermont
Montpelier — The number of alleged child abuse or neglect cases filed in courts across Vermont last year grew 21 percent from the year before, according to data from the state.
20, Sep 2014 - South Burlington, VT Man gets 5 years, 3 months in '13 bank robbery
A 53-year-old Vermont man is going to prison for more than five years for his conviction of robbing a South Burlington bank.
20, Sep 2014 - Bennington, VT Woman accused of emptying boy's medication
BENNINGTON -- A Bennington woman is accused of emptying her son's medication capsules and snorting the contents. Anna M. Smith, 37, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to misdemeanor counts of tampering with a drug, and stimulant possession. She was released under conditions she not possess controlled substances without a prescription.
20, Sep 2014 - Child abuse/neglect cases spiked in 2014, data shows
The number of alleged child abuse or neglect cases filed in courts across Vermont last year grew 21 percent from the year before, according to data from the state.
20, Sep 2014 - Data: Child abuse/neglect cases in Vermont spiked in 2014
MONTPELIER -- The number of alleged child abuse or neglect cases filed in courts across Vermont last year grew 21 percent from the year before, according to data from the state.
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