Vermont State Courts
Vermont has one federal district court in the state, as well as a number of regional courts with limited or with general jurisdiction. There is also a supreme court to deal with appeals coming from the lower courts, and making up a hierarchical system.
The single federal district court is the United States District Court for the District of Vermont
And if appeals from this need to be heard, they go to the 2nd Circuit.
There is also a single state bankruptcy court dealing with all issues around bankruptcy law. This court is the United States bankruptcy court, District of Vermont.
The trial courts within the state are varied. Some have limited jurisdiction over certain aspects of the law.
The Superior Courts of Vermont have different divisions for dealing with subject-matter issues. For instance, each has a civil division as well as family and criminal law divisions. They also have probate divisions which deal with all matters regarding estates and inheritance law and taxation.
Unusually, the Environmental Division is among the superior courts in the state. It hears all of the cases about land use and municipal land cases, working with the state environmental and natural resources boards.
There is also a judicial bureau dealing with issues with state law enforcement or appeals against officers in Vermont.
|Vermont Supreme Court
|111 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05609
Intermediate and Supreme Courts
Many of the legal issues in the state of Vermont go through the Superior courts, and it can act as an appellate court in some scenarios, such as when probate issues are referred for appeal. However, generally, the appeals get dealt with by the Supreme Court.
Vermont’s Supreme Court is the court of last resort in the region and has five judges within. The court dates back to the 1700s and oversees the judiciary system across the state of vermont. A small percentage of court cases reach this court of last resort in the state.
Types of Courts in Vermont
How to Find Vermont Court Records Online
You can use our quick and simple search tool to find certain public court records online. Vermont publishes all government records and as long as they are not protected by other laws. The Vermont Public Records Law dates back to the 1970s and gives citizens the right to see many of the public court records. You can search through mugshots, plea details and much more online.
Some records are still being digitized as historic records were kept on paper, but the majority of cases in recent history have full details available online to look through. In the rare cases where they are not digitally available, you can put in a request with Vermont Courts to see the historic case details and even make copies if required.
Addison County Superior Court
Address: 7 Mahady Court, Middlebury, Vermont 5753
Bennington County Superior Court
Address: 207 South St, Bennington, Vermont 5201
Caledonia County Superior Court
Address: 1126 Main Street, Suite 1, St, Johnsbury, Vermont 5819
Chittenden County Superior Court
Address: 175 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont 5402
Essex County Superior Court
Address: 75 Courthouse Drive, Guildhall, Vermont 5905
Franklin County Superior Court
Address: 17 Church Street, St, Albans, Vermont 5478
Grand Isle County Superior Court
Address: PO Box 7, North Hero, Vermont 5474
Lamoille County Superior Court
Address: 154 Main Street, Hyde Park, Vermont 5655
Orange County Superior Court
Address: 5 Court Street, Chelsea, Vermont 5038
Orleans County Superior Court
Address: 247 Main Street, Newport, Vermont 5855