Changes to How Deadlines are Counted Starting January 1, 2018.
The Vermont Supreme Court has promulgated a set of amendments that change how deadlines are calculated, changing the time requirements of many rules.
These changes do away with the practice of excluding weekends and holidays in calculating due dates for time periods less than 11 days.
The changes most relevant in Commission proceedings relate to the time parties have to respond to each other’s motions and the time for filing motions asking the Commission to alter or amend a final order.
Under the new rules, a response to a motion must be filed within 14 calendar days. Any reply to the response must also be filed within 14 calendar days (note: this does not apply to summary judgment motions filed under Vermont Rule of Civil Procedure 56).
Additionally, the time to file a motion to alter or amend a final order of the Commission under Rule 59(e) has been extended from 10 days to 28 days after the entry of the order. Responses to any such motions are due 14 days after the motion is filed.
See the Vermont Judiciary Newsroom article "A Day is a Day: Changes in Vermont Procedural Rules Regarding Time Computation" for more information on these procedural changes as well as a link to a list of all the changes.
Phase 3 of ePUC Is Now Live; Order Revising ePUC Procedures Issued
Reports, Rulemakings, Telecom and Cable Application Forms
ePUC is an electronic filing and case management system that you can use to find information about Commission cases and read documents related to those cases. Many types of new cases can be filed in ePUC; subsequent phases of ePUC will go live later in 2017. Information on how to use ePUC, including the current version of the Commission’s Procedures for Electronic Filing Using ePUC, is available.
Phase 3 of ePUC is now live. As of November 15, 2017, the following additional types of cases may be filed in ePUC: reports, rulemakings, telecommunications application forms, and cable television application forms. Recordings of the November 16 and 17, 2017 online training sessions on how to file these types of cases are posted on the ePUC Help webpage.
On November 13, 2017, the Commission issued an order revising the Procedures for Electronic Filing Using ePUC. This order: (1) expands the use of ePUC to all matters before the Commission with the exception of tariff cases and Dig Safe cases; (2) provides that service lists that are not part of an initial filing in a case may be appended to any other document, except for prefiled testimony or exhibits, and need not be uploaded as a separate document; and (3) clarifies various other provisions of the procedures.
List of cases filed with the Commission prior to January 17, 2017, that will be processed in ePUC