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The Vermont judiciary is historically comprised of seven divisions. Recently, the state merged its environmental, family and criminal courts with its superior court system and its probate courts with its family courts. However, its original divisions are still embedded in the judicial system.
The environmental division deals with cases involving the state’s Agency of Natural Resources and National Resource Board. The two judges for the environmental court also hear municipal matters related to environmental law. Vermont's probate courts focus on matters of inheritance, testamentary trusts, guardianship and probate. The state has 18 probate judges. Vermont’s family courts oversee divorces, annulments, child support, juvenile and domestic violence issues. Several types of judges hear family law matters, including those in the district, superior and family courts.
The state’s district courts adjudicate most criminal cases and some civil matters, such as traffic tickets. Each county in the state has at least one district court judge. Vermont’s superior courts preside over the majority of civil cases, including small claims. The Supreme Court is the only appellate court in the state. It not only hears appeals from lower courts but also administrates the entire state court system.
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