There are many legal resources available to Vermonters who are dealing with civil legal issues.
The Community Legal Information Center is always here to help you do your own research on a particular legal issue or question. But, librarians are not permitted to give legal advice. We cannot give you answers to your legal questions. What we can do is give you resources to help you find the answers. But, legal issues can be complicated. Sometimes it is best to get professional legal help to deal with complex civil issues.
This guide is designed to provide you with access to civil legal resources based upon the subject matter of your legal issue, question, or task. This collection of pages contains contact information for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and public service organizations that may provide civil legal aid.
This guide will also provide you with links to webpages that provide background information on the legal issues that you may be facing. Even when professional legal help is necessary, having an understanding of the legal issues before you meet with an attorney can facilitate the time you spend with your lawyer.
To locate legal assistance, select the box in the "Legal Resources by Subject Matter" page that best describes your legal issue, question, or task and you will be directed to the appropriate legal resources. Some legal resources are available only in certain geographic areas of the state, and this is noted where it is applicable.
Please note: Every attempt is made to keep this information up-to date, but things change!
If you have any suggestions, comments, or concerns, please send a message to the CLIC Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Civil legal matters usually relate to private property rights and involve settling disputes between private individuals." (Gerald N. Hill & Kathleen Thompson Hill, editors, Nolo's Plain English Law Dictionary 70, CLIC KF156.N654 2009) A person can be an individual or a business. Civil legal matters include employment, probate, divorce, and landlord/tenant issues among many others included in this guide.
A criminal matter is not a civil matter. "Criminal issues involve an action by a prosecutor employed by the federal, state or local government that charges a person with the commission of a crime. Crimes are actions that have been defined by the state as deserving punishment, usually imprisonment. Crimes and their punishments are defined by Congress and state legislatures." (Gerald N. Hill & Kathleen Thompson Hill, editors, Nolo's Plain English Law Dictionary 107, 108, CLIC KF156.N654 2009)
Note: Walk-in hours are included above, but are subject to change. It is best to call ahead to check if days and times of service have changed.