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The Vermont Supreme Court is the highest judicial authority of the U.S. state of Vermontmarker and is one of seven state courts of Vermont.

The Court consists of a chief justice and four associate justices; the Court mostly hears appeals of cases that have been decided by other courts. The Supreme Court justices are appointed by the Governor of Vermont with confirmation by the Vermont Senate. When a judicial vacancy occurs, the judicial nominating board submits to the governor the names of as many persons as it deems qualified for appointment. All Supreme Court justices come up for retention at the same time every six years. The next retention year is 2011. The Joint Committee on Judicial Retention reviews a justice's performance during the previous term and recommends to the Vermont General Assembly whether the justice should be retained. The committee consists of four House members appointed by the Speaker of the House and four Senate members appointed by the Committee on Committees. After open debate and discussion, the General Assembly votes by secret ballot. Vermont judges may be removed in one of two ways: (1) Judges may be impeached by a two-thirds vote of the General Assembly and convicted by a two-thirds vote of the Senate, and (2) a Judicial Conduct Board investigates complaints of judicial misconduct or disability and recommends any necessary action to the Supreme Court.

The current chief justice is Paul L. Reiber. Reiber was appointed Associate Justice in October 2003 by Gov. Jim Douglas and then sworn in as the Chief Justice of the Court on December 17, 2004.

The Vermont Supreme Court has overall administrative control of the court system and makes administrative and procedural rules for all courts.

The Vermont Supreme Court meets in a granite Beaux Arts style building in Montpelier just east of the Vermont State Housemarker and immediately west of the The Pavilion Office Building.


Title Name Joined the Court Appointed by
Chief Justice Paul L. Reiber 2003 Jim Douglas
Associate Justice John Dooley 1987 Madeleine M. Kunin
Associate Justice Denise Johnson 1990 Madeleine M. Kunin
Associate Justice Marilyn Skoglund 1997 Howard Dean
Associate Justice Brian L. Burgess 2005 Jim Douglas


  1. Judicial Nomination Board
  2. Judicial Retention Committee
  3. Removal of Justices
  4. Reiber appointment to Associate Justice (2003), then to Chief Justice (2004)
  5. Appointment dates of Associate Justices

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