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Vermont’s traffic court

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If you received a traffic ticket, speeding ticket, or other moving violation, your case will be heard in the judicial bureau, which is judicial branch and under the supervision of the supreme court. In addition to traffic violations, the judicial bureau hears cases involving:

  • Minor fish and wildlife violations
  • Violation of 7 V.S.A. § 1005(a) & 7 V.S.A. § 1007– possession and furnishing of tobacco by minors
  • Civil ordinance violations
  • Violations of 24 V.S.A. § 2201 – littering, illegal burning and illegal dumping
  • Hazing violations
  • Violations of 20 V.S.A. § 2056a, 2056b, and 2056c, relating to unauthorized disclosure of criminal record information.
  • Violations of 7 V.S.A. § 656 & 658(c)(1) illegal possession & providing alcohol to minor
  • Violations of 18 V.S.A. § 4234b (b) - selling ephedrine base, pseudoephedrine base, or phenylpropanolamine base.
  • Violations of 13 V.S.A. § 352-  cruelty to animals, and 13 V.S.A. § 355(d), interference with a guide dog
  • Violations of 18 V.S.A. § 4249 - introduction of tobacco into a correctional facility
  • Violations of certain conditions related to employment
  • Violations of 9 V.S.A. § 3023(a), relating to the purchase and sale of scrap metal
  • Violations of chapter 38 of 18 V.S.A. - civil penalties pursuant to subsection 1760a(a), relating to reducing lead hazards in housing
  • Violations of the environmental laws listed in 10 V.S.A. § 8003 and 10 V.S.A. § 8019
  • Violations of 23 V.S.A. § 3327(d), traffic enforcement while operating a vessel
  • Violations of 6 V.S.A. § 2965 misuse of identification labels for agricultural products
  • Violations of 21 V.S.A. § 692(c)(1) for violating a “stop work” order
  • Violations of 13 V.S.A. §§ 3602 and 3603 - unlawful cutting of trees
  • Violations of 10 V.S.A. § 1266b application of fertilizer to nonagricultural turf

Our office can represent you in the judicial bureau and defend you against all tickets and all violations you have been accused of before the court, not just speeding tickets and moving violations.

Procedure in the Vermont Judicial Bureau


Unlike many states, a traffic or speeding ticket in Vermont is a civil violation. That means the procedure is much different. There are strict deadlines that must be adhered to in order to preserve your right to contest your charge. If you are charged with a traffic violation you have a mere 20 days to answer and enter a plea of “not guilty,” called a “denial” since this is a civil proceeding. Since this is a civil procedure and not criminal, your failure to enter your denial within the timeframe required will result in an entry of guilty and a fine and surcharge for being default convicted will be mailed to your address of record. A default conviction can be vacated, however, for good cause shown.

In addition, if you fail to answer the ticket the court will start the proceedings to suspend your driver’s license under 23 V.S.A. § 2204. Pursuant to 23 V.S.A. § 2205 the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles must suspend your Vermont driver’s license within 20 days of receiving the notice from the court that you failed to answer your ticket. In addition, the registration for any motor vehicles registered to you in the state of Vermont will likewise be suspended. If you have an out of state license, under the non-resident violator compact, 23 V.S.A §§ 3551 – 3562 as well as 23 V.S.A. § 2204, your Vermont driving privileges as well as your home state’s driving privileges will be suspended.

After your answer to a denial, a court hearing will be scheduled. Because it is a civil proceeding and not a criminal matter, the state only has to prove its case by “clear and convincing” evidence and not by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Vermont law defines this as “evidence which establishes that the truth of the facts asserted is highly probable.” 4 V.S.A. § 1106. In addition, the hearing must take place formally “on the record,” which means that it must be recorded; a hearing officer may be able to find you not guilty “as charged” but guilty of a “lesser and included” charge – for example you could be found “not guilty” of a 5 point speeding charge, but guilty of the “lesser and included” 3 point speeding. In addition, the State’s attorney has the right under the law to “dismiss or amend a complaint.”

Services involved when you retain our office

When you retain our office to represent you against the charges, we provide you with comprehensive advocacy. When you retain us we:

·        Deal with you by fax and e-mail so you do not have to waste time coming to our office

·        Get your appearance waived from court so that you do not have to lose time from work making court appearances (in most cases)

·        Enter your initial plea of a denial and have the court direct all communication to our office instead of you

·        Review your ticket for any dismissible error and make the appropriate motions and applications

·        Work with the prosecutor to negotiate a dismissal or plea to an amended charge that will not accrue points or otherwise cause an insurance increase

Where your case will be heard

Venue for violation hearings in the judicial bureau shall be in the unit of the superior court where the violation is alleged to have occurred. In other words, your speeding ticket will be heard in one of the 14 counties in which the traffic ticket was written as follows:

·        Bennington County, Vermont

·        Windham County, Vermont

·        Rutland County, Vermont

·        Windsor County, Vermont

·        Addison County, Vermont

·        Orange County, Vermont

·        Washington County, Vermont

·        Caledonia County, Vermont

·        Chittenden County, Vermont

·        Lamoille County, Vermont

·        Grand Isle County, Vermont

·        Franklin County, Vermont

·        Orleans County, Vermont

·        Essex County, Vermont

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List of Vermont Courts

The addresses for the various courts of which your case will be heard are as follows:

Addison County, VT:
Addison Criminal Division
7 Mahady Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 295-8869

Bennington County, VT:
Bennington Criminal Division
324 Main St, Room 180
Bennington, VT 05201
(802) 295-8869

Caledonia County, VT:
Caledonia Criminal Division
1126 Main St., Ste 1
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819
(802) 295-8869

Chittenden County, VT:
Edward J. Costello Courthouse
32 Cherry Street, Suite 300
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 295-8869

Essex County, VT:
Essex Criminal Division
P.O. Box 75
Guildhall, VT 05905
(802) 295-8869

Franklin County, VT:
Franklin Criminal Division
36 Lake StreetSt. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-7997 Grand Isle, VT:

Grand Isle Criminal Division
Grand Isle County Courthouse
North Hero, VT 05474
(802) 372-8350

Lamoille County, VT:
Lamoille Criminal Division
P.O. Box 489
Hyde Park, VT 05655-0489
(802) 888-3887

Orange County, VT
Orange Criminal Division
5 Court Street
Chelsea, VT 05038
(802) 295-8869

Orleans County, VT:
Orleans Criminal Division
217 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
(802) 334-3325

Rutland County, VT:
Rutland Criminal Division
92 State Street
Rutland, VT 05701-2836
(802) 295-8869

Washington County, VT:
Washington Criminal Division
255 North Main St.
Barre, VT 05641
(802) 295-8869

Windham County, VT:
Windham Criminal Division
30 Putney Road
Brattleboro, VT 05301
(802) 295-8869

Windsor County, VT:
Windsor Criminal Division
82 Railroad Row
White River Junction, VT 05001
(802) 295-8869

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