A longtime trial court judge who currently presides over the judicial system in Franklin County will serve as the next justice on the Vermont Supreme Court.
Judge Geoffrey Crawford has served in the trial courts since 2002 and has presided over criminal and civil cases in the majority of Vermont’s county courthouses. Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the appointment in a press release this morning.
“Geoff’s compassion and his years of experience as a trial judge, where he has served with a collegial attitude and well-regarded intellect, will make him a very strong addition to the Supreme Court,” Shumlin said in the release. “His reputation for fairness and rigor, as well as his demonstrated commitment to ensuring that our judiciary serves the needs of Vermonters, make me very proud to appoint him to the Court.”
Crawford, who worked in personal injury and commercial litigation at a private practice in Burlington prior to joining the bench, replaces retired Associate Justice Brian Burgess.
“It is a joy and a great honor to serve in the Vermont judiciary with so many dedicated staff members and fellow judges all working together to ensure justice for Vermonters,” Crawford said in a release. “I am deeply grateful for this new opportunity.”
For more on the appointment, check out tomorrow’s editions of The Times Argus and Rutland Herald.