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 judge's performance during the previous term and recommends to the General Assembly whether the judge 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 Vermont Supreme Court has overall administrative control of the court system and makes administrative and procedural rules for all courts.
|Title||Name||Joined the Court||Appointed by|
|Chief Justice||Paul L. Reiber||2004||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|