General Duties and Responsibilities
There are basically five categories of responsibilities for Justices of the Peace:
- Elections. Justices of the peace are members of the Board of Civil Authority (BCA). Members of the BCA serve as election officials at town or statewide elections. Justices also are responsible for delivering absentee ballots to voters at election time.
- Tax Abatement and Appeals. Justices of the peace sit as members of the town board for abatement of taxes to determine whether a taxpayer's tax obligation should be forgiven under certain circumstances. Justices of the peace also serve an important role in the town's tax appeal process. As a member of the board of civil authority, justices sit to hear and decide appeals when citizens do not agree with the final decision of the listers.
- Marriages and Civil Unions. Justices of the peace may also solemnize marriages and may certify civil unions in Vermont.
- Oaths and Notary. Justices of the peace may also administer oaths in all cases where an oath is required, unless the law makes a different provision. A justice of the peace is a notary public ex officio and has all the acknowledgment powers of a notary public.
- Magistrate. Justices of the peace may also serve as a magistrate when so commissioned by the Supreme Court.
For more information, check out The Justice of the Peace Guide, published by Deborah L. Markowitz, Secretary of State, 2010.
Justices of the Peace
Because Justices of the Peace run for election with a political party designation on the ballot, parties are indicated next to the name below by a letter indicating Democratic, Independent, Progressive or Republican. The term of office is two years and elections are held on even numbered years.
|Justices of the Peace||Party||Phone||Term Expires|
|Amy Caffry||D||(802) 583-5150||Nov. 2016|
|Cecil "Zeke" Church, Jr.||D||(802) 496-3222||Nov. 2016|
|Andreas Lehner||D||(802) 496-3496||Nov. 2016|
|Mary Lehner||D||(802) 496-3496||Nov. 2016|
|Jim Leyton||D||(802) 496-6090||Nov. 2016|
|Helen Myers||D||(802) 496-3892||Nov. 2016|
|Alan Uris||D||(802) 496-4363||Nov. 2016|
Vermont Vital Records
Overview of Vermont Vital Records - VT Dept. of Health
How To Obtain a Copy of a Vital Record Not More Than 5 Years Old - VT Dept. of Health
How To Obtain a Copy of a Vital Record More Than 5 Years Old - VT Dept. of Buildings & General Services
Marriage & Civil Unions
Guidelines for Getting Married in Vermont - VT Dept. of Health
Vermont Guide to Civil Unions - Secretary of State
Civil Unions in Vermont - VT Dept. of Health
Reciprocal Beneficiaries Relationship in Vermont - VT Dept. of Health
Waitsfield Town Office
4144 Main Street
Waitsfield, VT 05673
Phone: (802) 496-2218 ext. 10