Vermont

Effective Date: 1999
State:
Vermont
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Juvenile Abuse and Neglect/Termination of Parental Rights Appeals: 
(filing to disposition)
95% within 6 months
  Vermont Criminal Case Disposition Guidelines
Vermont Family Court Case Disposition Guidelines

Effective Date: 1981
State:
Vermont
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Regular:
(filing to disposition)            
80% within 1 year  

Limited:
(filing to disposition)            
80% within 6 months
 

Effective Date: September 1, 2004
State:
Vermont
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:

Misdemeanors (Maximum Sentence of Less than One Year of Imprisonment):
(date of first arraignment to disposition)
60% within 9 weeks
70% within 13 weeks
100% within 18 weeks

Felonies and Other Misdemeanors:
(date of first arraignment to disposition)
70% within 18 weeks 
80% within 26 weeks
100% within 12 months

 

Effective Date: February 10, 2006
State:
Vermont
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards:

Time Frames for Cases Heard by Judges: Standard

Pending Divorce with Children
Temporary/Interim Order:
100% within 3 months

Final Order:
100% within 9 months

Pending Divorce with No Children

Temporary Order (if requested):
100% within 3 months

Final Order:
100% within 9 months

Pending Parentage

Temp/Interim Order with Paternity Test:
100% within 3.5 months

Temp/Interim Order no Paternity Test:
100% within 3 months

Final Order:
100% within 6 months

Post Judgment Enforcement

Enforcement -all issues except child support contempt:

100% within 2 months

Child Support Contempt:
100% within 3 months

Post Judgment Modification

Modification of PR&R:
100% within 3 months

Modification of PC Contact:
100% within 2 months

Modification of Child Support:
100% within 3 months

Spousal Maintenance:
100% within 4 months

Child Support Appeals:

100% within 4 months

Time Frames for Cases Heard by Judges: Complex

Pending Divorce with Children

Final Order:
100% within 18 months

Pending Divorce with No Children

Final Order:
100% within 18 months

Pending Parentage

Final Order:
100% within 9 months

Post Judgment Enforcement

Child Support Contempt:
100% within 6 months

Post Judgment Modification

Modification of PR&R:
100% within 6 months

Modification of PC Contact:
100% within 3 months

Modification of Child Support:
100% within 4 months

Spousal Maintenance
100% within 6 months

Child Support Appeals:

100% within 4 months

Time Frames for Cases Heard by Magistrates: Standard

Pending Divorce and Parentage
Establishment of Child Support by Temp/Interim Order:

100% within 90 days

Finalize Child Support (Track from date of Final Order):

100% within 60 days

Post Judgment Divorce and Parentage


Enforcement of Child Support:
100% within 60 days

Modification of Child Support:
100% within 90 days

Time Frames for Cases Heard by Magistrates: Complex

Pending Divorce and Parentage
Establishment of Child Support by Temp/Interim Order:

100% within 120 days

Finalize Child Support (Track from date of Final Order):

100% within 90 days

Post Judgment Divorce and Parentage


Modification of Child Support:
100% within 120 days

 

Effective Date: January 24, 2007
State:
Vermont
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Juvenile
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Mandatory
Time Standards: Children in Custody of DCF or Non-Parent in CHINS Cases: Standard

Removal to Disposition
100% within 3.1 months

Removal to First Permanency Hearing
100% within 12 months

Removal to Return of Custody Order
100% within 18 months

Removal to Permanent Guardianship Order
100% within 18 months

Removal to Adoption (excluding appeal time)
100% within 20 months

Removal to Court’s signed approval of plan for Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement
100% within 24 months

Children in Custody of DCF or Non-Parent in CHINS Cases: Complex

Removal to Disposition
100% within 5.1 months

Removal to First Permanency Hearing
100% within 12 months

Removal to Return of Custody Order
100% within 21 months

Removal to Permanent Guardianship Order
100% within 21 months

Removal to Adoption (excluding appeal time)
100% within 23 months

Removal to Court’s signed approval of plan for Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement
100% within 24 months

Children who Remain in Custody of Parents in CHINS Cases: Standard

Removal or Preliminary Hearing to Disposition without a Protective Order
100% within 3.1 months

Removal  or Preliminary Hearing to Case Closure with Protective Order
100% within 11.1 months


Children who Remain in Custody of Parents in CHINS Cases: Complex

Removal or Preliminary Hearing to Disposition without a Protective Order
100% within 5.1 months

Removal  or Preliminary Hearing to Case Closure with Protective Order
100% within 13.1 months


Children in Custody of DCF in Delinquency Cases: Standard

Removal to Disposition

100% within 3.1 months

Removal to First Permanency Hearing

100% within 12 months

Removal to Return of Custody Order

100% within 18 months

Removal to Permanent Guardianship Order

100% within 18 months

Removal to Adoption (excluding appeal time)

100% within 20 months

Removal to Court’s signed approval of plan for Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement
100% within 24 months


Children in Custody of DCF in Delinquency Cases: Complex

Removal to Disposition

100% within 5.1 months

Removal to First Permanency Hearing

100% within 12 months

Removal to Return of Custody Order

100% within 21 months

Removal to Permanent Guardianship Order

100% within 21 months

Removal to Adoption (excluding appeal time)

100% within 23 months

Removal to Court’s signed approval of plan for Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement
100% within 24 months


Children in Custody of Parents in Delinquency Cases: Standard

Case Filing to Disposition
100% within 3 months

Violation of Probation Filing to Disposition of VOP Complaint

100% within 45 days

Children in Custody of Parents in Delinquency Cases: Complex

Case Filing to Disposition
100% within 5 months

Violation of Probation Filing to Disposition of VOP Complaint

100% within 60 days

 

Monitoring Information:

Vermont documents court performance relevant to time standards by producing manual and computer-generated reports with information compiled at both local and statewide levels.
 

Reports on criminal and juvenile time standards are sent electronically weekly to all Trial Court Judges and Court Clerks and Managers, to the State Court Administrator, to the Administrative Judge for Trial Courts, to CAO staff and to the Supreme Court.  Reports on domestic time standards are sent to the same group electronically monthly. Reports/summaries on civil time standards are compiled and distributed annually.

Reports/summaries are available to the public through annual reports, the Web site, and bar publications.  

 

Notes: Vermont finds % listing of cases exceeding time standards classified by court location to be the most helpful measure of court timeliness.