Vermont in the United States

Legal Materials

Internet links to Vermont government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw, Washlaw and the Georgetown Law Library.

The Vermont Legislative Council posts the current Vermont Constitution, the Vermont statutory code (“Vermont Statutes”), reports published by the Legislature and reports submitted to the legislature.

To check on the status of a pending bill, pull it up on the Vermont Legislature’s Bill Status page. For questions, call the Legislative Council at 802-828-2231.

Supreme Court cases are published in the Vermont Reports back to 1826, and West’sAtlantic Reporter back to 1885. For older case reporters, see the Blue Book section on Vermont.

All reported cases are available on Lexis and Westlaw. Google Scholar, Versuslaw and Fastcase have cases back to 1950.

Basic case information from “all superior courts, district courts, family courts, and bankruptcy courts” is available through Vermont Court Search.

Questions and Copies: For questions about Vermont legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loan, contact the Vermont Department of Libraries (Vermont’s state library) at 802-828-3268, or the Vermont Law School Library at 802-831-1441.

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Primary Law

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the Vermont Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Vermont jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Vermont statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Vermont Statutes
  • VT Cases & Case Law
  • Vermont Legal Websites
  • VT State Government Info
  • Vermont Counties
  • Vermont Cities
  • Vermont Legislation
  • VT Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Vermont Legal Forms
  • Vermont Courts
  • VT State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Vermont Law Enforcement


See Also

Vermont: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Vermont. This part provides references, in relation to Vermont, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Vermont by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Vermont and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Vermont or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Vermont and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Vermont. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Vermont should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Vermont when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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