After almost 50 years, judge calls it quits

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A Bennington County judge who’s been working in the courts for almost 50 years is calling it quits.

Probate Judge Doris Buchanan, who’s 74, is retiring effective February first. Buchanan will draw a curtain on a career that included stints as a municipal court reporter, stenographer, clerk and judge.

As a probate judge, her tasks include estates, minor guardianships, name changes and adoptions.

The director of administrative services for the Vermont Supreme Court’s court administrator’s office, says that as far as he knows, Buchanan has broken all records for longevity in Vermont’s court system.


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