Governor signs bill to restructure Vermont courts
Montpelier, Vermont: Gov. Douglas signed the bill H.470 into law on June 3, 2010 This 369-page long document restructures the complex Vermont court system. Its primary purpose is to unify all of the state courts under the authority of the Vermont Supreme Court. It also includes other cost-cutting measures such as encouraging the use of new money-saving technologies, cutting over 35 administrative jobs, and reducing the salaries of local probate judges. The new law is expected to save the state $1 million a year. Chief Justice Paul Reiber assures that the changes will not affect the administration of justice. He said, "We are ensuring that Vermont still follows the rule of law with open courts and fair trials."