The Vermont Statutes Online

Title 4: Judiciary

Chapter 15: JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS

4 V.S.A. § 602. Duties



§ 602. Duties

(a) Prior to submission of names of qualified candidates for justices of the supreme court, superior judges, magistrates, the chair of the public service board, and members of the public service board to the governor, the board shall submit to the court administrator of the supreme court a list of all candidates, and the administrator shall disclose to the board information solely about professional disciplinary action taken or pending concerning any candidate. From the list of candidates presented, the judicial nominating board shall select by majority vote, provided that a quorum is present, qualified candidates for the position to be filled.

(b) Whenever a vacancy occurs in the office of a supreme court justice or a superior judge, or when an incumbent does not declare that he or she will be a candidate to succeed himself or herself, the judicial nominating board shall submit to the governor the names of as many persons as it deems qualified to be appointed to the office. There shall be included in the qualifications for appointment that the person shall be an attorney at law who has been engaged in the practice of law or a judge in the state of Vermont for a period of at least five out of the ten years preceding appointment, and with respect to a candidate for superior judge particular consideration shall be given to the nature and extent of the candidate's trial practice.

(c) All proceedings of the board, including the names of candidates considered by the board and information about any candidate submitted by the court administrator or by any other source, shall be confidential. (Amended 1966, No. 64 (Sp. Sess.), § 2, eff. Jan. 1, 1967; 1967, No. 41, eff. March 16, 1967; 1967, No. 306 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1969, No. 125, § 7; 1971, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1975, No. 204 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 1985, No. 108 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. March 25, 1986; 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 33.)