§73. Assignment

Link to law: http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/04/003/00073
Published: 2015

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73. Assignment

(a) In

accordance with the direction of the supreme court, the administrative judge

shall assign the superior judges among the units and divisions of the superior

court. The administrative judge shall assign a presiding judge to each unit and

may assign a judge to preside in more than one unit. In a case where a superior

judge is disqualified or unable to attend any term of court or part thereof to

which he or she has been assigned, the administrative judge may assign another

superior judge to act as judge at that term or part thereof for that period

during which the assigned judge is disqualified or unable to attend. If during

a term of the superior court the court in a unit is unable to complete all or

part of the work before it in a reasonable time, the administrative judge, with

the approval of the supreme court, may modify judge assignments to reduce

delays in that unit. The court shall publish the judicial rotation schedule in

electronic format and distribute it electronically to attorneys licensed in


(b) Pursuant to

section 21a of this title, the administrative judge shall assign superior

judges to hear and determine family court matters. The administrative judge

shall insure that such hearings are held promptly. Any contested divorce case

which has been pending for more than one year shall be advanced for prompt

hearing upon the request of any party.

(c) As necessary

to ensure the efficient operation of the superior court, the presiding judge of

the unit may specially assign a superior judge assigned to a division in the

unit, including the presiding judge, to preside over one or more cases in a

different division. As the administrative judge determines necessary for the

operation of the superior court throughout the state, and with the approval of

the supreme court, the administrative judge may additionally assign for a

specified period of time a superior judge to preside over a particular type of

case, or over a particular type of motion or other judicial proceeding, in all

or part of the units in the state. (Amended 1971, No. 185 (Adj. Sess.), § 9,

eff. March 29, 1972; 1979, No. 181 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 1981, No. 219 (Adj.

Sess.), § 1; 1985, No. 63, § 3; 1999, No. 148 (Adj. Sess.), § 72, eff. May 24,

2000; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 11.)