Court Restructuring Plan Sparks Controversy

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(Host) Vermont Chief Justice Paul Reiber wants lawmakers to restructure the state’s court system. The plan has generated a lot of controversy because it would reduce the responsibilities of Vermont’s elected side judges, and the proposal would cut the number of probate judges. 

Reiber asked members of the Senate Judiciary Committee recently to be certain to include the side judge and probate judge plan in any bill they recommend. Otherwise, Reiber said, the court would be left with a "restructuring light" bill. 

VPR’s Bob Kinzel caught up with Justice Reiber after the hearing and asked him what he meant by "restructuring light."


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