Vermont’s COVID judicial emergency could end soon

Published: Aug. 31, 2022 at 11:56 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2022 at 4:11 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont’s COVID judicial emergency could be over at the end of September.

Over the past two-and-a-half years, emergency rules were in place to protect people going to courthouses.

But over time, the emergency has become less strict.

On Sept. 6, most of the remaining rules-- including masks in courthouses-- will be dropped.

However, judges still have the ability to request masks in their courtrooms.

The emergency also made some processes easier, like having remote hearings and allowing documents to be filed via email.

“In the future, I think we are at an exciting juncture because we now have these tools that were never available before that we can hopefully utilize when it makes sense and allow remote participation where it makes sense,” Vt. State Court Administrator Terri Corsones said.

Corsones says now that the emergency is over, they are working on clearing the court backlog and getting more jury trials going.