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Vermont Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    Vermont Supreme Court — Oral Arguments … Audio files of arguments in cases heard from January 2007 to the present.
    Vermont Environmental Court — Decisions … [Vt. Dep't of Libraries]


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Vermont Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  1. Constitution (Vt. Const.)

  2. Bills

    See also the Vermont Legislature web site.
  3. Laws of Vermont (Vt. Laws)

    These are the session laws.
  4. Vermont Statutes (Vt. Stat.)
    A search function is available at the LexisNexis site linked in Additional Resources below (for which “cookies” must be enabled). The legislature’s web site states: “The Vermont Statutes Online [linked above] is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, provided as a convenience. It has NOT been edited for publication. [] The official version of the Vermont Statutes Annotated is online at LexisNexis Publishing.”

    Additional Resources
    Laws of Vermont—Statutes Affected:
    Vermont Statutes … [LexisNexis]
    Vermont Consumer Laws and Regulations … [Vermont Attorney General]


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Vermont Rules of Procedure and Practice

Note—The state-court rules of procedure are not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available.
  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Workers’ Compensation Rules
    1. Rules of Procedure
    2. U.S. District Court Rules (D. Vt. R.)
    3. U.S. District Court General Orders
    4. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Rules (D. Vt. Bankr. R.) and Supplement


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    Vermont Administrative Law Sources

    See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

    1. Regulations
      1. Vermont Administrative Procedures Bulletin (Vt. Admin. Proc. Bull.)

    2. Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings
    3. Additional Resources
      Regulations … These are topical collections provided at various web sites.
    4. Banking … [Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration, Dep't of] — See also Banking Division bulletins.
    5. Consumer Protection … [Attorney General]
    6. Health Care Administration … [Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration, Dep't of] — See also Health Care Administration Division bulletins.
    7. Insurance … [Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration, Dep't of] — See also Insurance Division bulletins.
    8. Natural Resources … [Natural Resources Board] — See also the Natural Resources Board’s rules of procedure.
    9. Securities … [Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration, Dep't of]


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    Vermont Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

    Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
    3. Municipal Ordinances
        
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


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    Vermont Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Vermont law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (Vt. J. Envtl. L.)


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    Other Vermont Commentary

    1. Legal Guide to Doing Business in Vermont. Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC. … [Lex Mundi]


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    Vermont Law-Related Topical Web Sites



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    Vermont Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
    1. Web Sites

      The criminal division of the superior court might also be called the district court.


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    Vermont Forms

    1. Court Forms
    2. State Agency Forms
      1. Taxes Department
      2. Tax Forms

    3. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


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    Other Vermont Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact and Staff Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / North Carolina Industrial Commission]

    3. Bar Associations ♦ Law-Related Organizations
      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Vermont Bar Association
    5. Vermont Association for Justice [formerly: Trial Lawyers Association]
    6. Law Schools ♦ Admission to Practice ♦ Continuing Legal Education
    7. Consulate General of Canada in Boston … Canadian consular services for Vermont residents.


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    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Vermont Law School: Julien & Virginia Cornell Library
      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).

    2. Consumer Protection Information … [Attorney General]

    3. Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration Information … Access to brochures covering topics within the regulatory purview of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities, and Health Care Administration. The department also provides a “Guide to Civil Unions” covering banking, insurance, health care issues, and tax issues.

    4. Vermont Bar Association Public Information
    5. On Your Own … “This booklet contains a general overview of the legal rights and responsibilities that a person—perhaps someone like you—often wants to and should be aware of when reaching legal majority at age 18.”
    6. Understanding Wills, Trusts and Estates: An Outline Guide to the Fundamentals of Estate Planning
    7. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Vermont Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Vermont law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Vermont.

    8. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. Vermont Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.

     

     


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