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Vermont Law Research Guide: Vermont Court Decisions

Vermont Law legal research guide highlighting free electronic resources as well as print format and subscription options

Reported Cases

Free electronic access to formally published Vermont cases

Vermont Supreme Court Opinions (2006-)

Selected Vermont Supreme Court Published Entry Orders (1999-)

Vermont Environmental Court Opinions (2000-)

Google Scholar (selected coverage from 1791-)

Print format reporters, containing formally published Vermont cases

Vermont ReportsSt. Albans, VT: J.Spooner, (1829-)

Atlantic Reporter. St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, (1886-1938)

Atlantic Reporter. Second Series.  St. Paul, MN: West Publishing, (1939-1988).

West’s Atlantic Reporter. Second SeriesSt. Paul, MN:  Thomson/West, (1988-)


Citators provide details regarding the history and subsequent treatment of cases.  

Google Scholar's How Cited feature provides limited citation details for cases on those sites.  Subscription based citators, such as Shepards, KeyCite, and BCite, are significantly more comprehensive.

Vermont print format Citators include

Shepard’s Atlantic Reporter Citations.  Colorado Springs, CO: Shepard’s Citations.

Shepard’s Vermont Citations: Cases.  Colorado Springs, CO: Shepard’s/ McGraw- Hill.

Unpublished Cases & Dockets

Unpublished cases and dockets are not formally reported but, as public records, are available directly from the courts. Occasionally courts post these opinions to the web.

Selected Vermont Supreme Court Unpublished Entry Opinions (1999-)

Selected Vermont Civil Division Opinions (2002-)

Vermont Judiciary Public Portal

In some instances, select unpublished cases and dockets are included in subscription based legal research platforms as well as Electronic Court Filing systems, such as VT Courts Online or PACER.

Applicability of unpublished cases varies by jurisdiction. For Vermont state cases, see Vermont Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 33.1(d)


Print format digests serve as a quasi index to the full text cases found in case reporter volumes.

Atlantic Reporter DigestSt. Paul, MN: West Publishing. (1764-1968)

West’s Atlantic Digest 2d St. Paul, MN: West Group. (1968-)

Vermont Key Number Digest.  St. Paul: West Pub. Co., (1968-)

Vermont Law Week.  Windsor, Vt.: William A. Hunter & Margaret M. Howland, (1990-2012)  

Vermont Lawyer & Vermont Trial Court Reporter.  Cavendish Center, VT.: William A. Hunter, (1996-2009)

Vermont Coat of Arms at the Vermont Supreme Court

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