Rutland, Vt.

Judges to begin annual court shift

Many of Vermont’s judges will be playing musical chairs and shifting to different courthouses this week. The reassignments start Tuesday, when 20 of the state’s 31 judges from criminal, civil and family courts move to new venues with different caseloads. It’s part of a longstanding practice in Vermont to keep judges’ legal skills sharp and to ensure that lawyers and judges don’t get too cozy with each other, the Rutland Herald reported. With some exceptions, Vermont judges are expected to move yearly. In Rutland, for example, Family Court Judge Nancy Corsones is going to Bennington to serve in criminal court. She will be replaced by Judge Cortland Corsones, who served two years in criminal courts in Bennington and Rutland counties.