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.
Tips for Using ePUC
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. Most types of new cases can be filed in ePUC; subsequent phases of ePUC will go live later in 2018. Information on how to use ePUC, including the current version of the Commission’s Procedures for Electronic Filing Using ePUC, is available.
Motions -- To easily see all documents related to a particular motion, including the order ruling on that motion, while you are in a case in ePUC:
- Go to the Summary tab
- Scroll down until you see the motions panel
- Hover over a document name; a yellow window will pop up that lists all documents related to that motion
- Or click the plus sign next to a particular document name to reveal all related items and the links to the related documents
List of cases filed with the Commission prior to January 17, 2017, that will be processed in ePUC