Courts in Vermont
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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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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 - 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.
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 - 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 - 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 - 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.
21, Oct 2014 - Newport, VT No trial for man in 2012 cruiser-crushing case
NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man accused of crushing seven sheriffs' vehicles with a tractor two years ago won't be prosecuted.
21, Oct 2014 - Driver who caused fatal crash can get license back
A Vermont man who was on probation for causing a crash that killed a pedestrian in 2007 has been cleared to regain his driver's license. Brent Poczobut went to jail in 2008. He was released in 2010 and placed on probation, which included a requirement that he not operate a motor vehicle for two years. In 2012, he was prohibited from seeking a new driver's license for two years. The Rutland ...
21, Oct 2014 - Court overturns Vermont woman's DWI conviction
A New York appeals court has overturned the aggravated driving while intoxicated conviction of a Vermont woman arrested after a fatal crash in upstate New York.
21, Oct 2014 - Woman accused of using man's credit cards to pay tickets
BENNINGTON -- A Pownal woman is being accused of using a man's credit cards to pay off several hundred dollars in traffic fines and make other purchases without his permission. Kristy Prouty, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of identity theft, and misdemeanor charges of false tokens, and petit larceny.
21, Oct 2014 - Bennington, VT Man who broke in to CDC gets jail time
BENNINGTON -- One of the two men accused of breaking in to the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center last October, was sentenced earlier this month to serve two years in prison. Matthew Adrion, 24, of Petersburgh, N.Y., pleaded guilty on Oct. 8 in Vermont Superior Court to a felony charge of burglary, and misdemeanor false information to police.
21, Oct 2014 - Rutland, VT Vermont man gets 7 years in heroin, gun case
A 38-year-old Rutland man is going to prison for more than seven years after pleading guilty to heroin and gun charges.
21, Oct 2014 - Man pleads no contest to crash, damaging property
BENNINGTON -- An Arlington man pleaded no contest Monday in Vermont Superior Court to driving off the road in Dorset in August and damaging tents on Church Street. Matthew Arena, 34, pleaded not contest to two misdemeanor counts of leaving the scene of a crash with property damage. The state dismissed a third such count.
21, Oct 2014 - Newport, VT No trial for man charged in 2012 cruiser crushing, attorneys agree he was insane at the time
A Vermont man accused of crushing seven sheriffs' vehicles with a tractor two years ago won't be prosecuted.
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