BURLINGTON — In-person court hearings will be allowed starting next month in Vermont, according to a memo from the Supreme Court.
A memo issued Ma y13 by the Supreme Court Office of the Court Administrator authorizes in-person hearings as of June 14. Under Administrative Order 49, enacted March 16, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hearings are required to be held remotely with some exceptions.
“By this date, individuals will have had an opportunity to become fully vaccinated,” the Vermont Judiciary wrote in a statement. “The Court anticipates that some hearings will continue to be held remotely after remote hearings are no longer mandatory and even after the conclusion of the judicial emergency.”
The Judiciary statement said amending the order now gives judges, court staff and involved parties time to plan for in-person proceedings.
Thursday’s amendment also extends the effective date of the administrative order until July 5, “based on the projections of public-health experts concerning the course of the pandemic.”