Commission on Judicial
The Commission on Judicial Operation was created by an
act of the Vermont Legislature in May 2008 and charged with conducting a
thorough review of Vermont’s court system, with the goal of providing for more
efficient and effective delivery of judicial services. In May 2009, the
Commission was further directed to identify at least $1 million in savings in
the FY 2010 budget.
The 15-member Commission met eight times and heard
from more than 800 participants who responded to surveys or took part in focus
groups. The Commission’s final Report to the Legislature was unanimously
approved by Commission members on Nov. 6, 2009, and offers more than a dozen key
recommendations to meet the Legislature’s directives. If adopted, these
recommendations would save a combined $2.4 million in state and county budgets.
The Legislature will take up the Commission’s report
when lawmakers return to Montpelier in January 2010. The Commission is grateful
to all who helped in this effort.