The position of Assistant Judge is a constitutional office. Each of the fourteen counties in Vermont
elects two judges who serve a four year term. Registered voters can run for election to this office.

Assistant Judges serve as a county judicial officer and county administrator. The judicial function includes sitting,
as a finder of fact, in Family and Civil Division court hearings, along with a presiding judge.. Many Assistant Judges
have achieved qualification to preside in uncontested divorce hearings, small claims hearings and Judicial Bureau jurisdiction hearings.

As administrators of the county, Assistant Judges are responsible for the maintenance of all county property.
They appoint the county clerk and treasurer, develop the county budget, set the county tax rate and administer all duties required by law.


Addison • Bennington • Caledonia • Chittenden • Essex • Franklin • Grand Isle
Lamoille • Orange • Orleans • Rutland • Washington • Windham • Windsor

P. O. Box 42 • Bennington, Vermont 05201