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Justices Of The Peace

The duties of Justices Of The Peace can fall into five categories of responsibilities:
  • Elections – Justices of the Peace are members of the Board of Civil Authority (BCA). The BCA is responsible for adding and removing names from the voter checklist, and members of the BCA serve as election officials at town or statewide elections. Justices also are responsible for delivering absentee ballots to those voters who cannot come to the polls 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 statutory circumstances. Justices of the Peace also serve an important role in the town's tax appeal process. As members of the Board of Civil Authority, Justices sit to hear and decided appeals when citizens do not agree with the final decision of the City Assessor.
  • Marriages – Justices of the Peace may solemnize marriages in Vermont.
  • Oaths and Notary – Justice of the Peace may administer oaths in all cases where an oath is required, unless the law makes a different provision. A Justice of the Peace can be a notary public ex officio, provided they file the appropriate application with the County Court.
  • Magistrate – Justices of the Peace may serve as a magistrate when so commissioned by the Supreme Court.
Click on the link below to see a list of the current Justices of the Peace for the Town of Hinesburg.


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