The Vermont Statutes Online
Subchapter 001 : STATE SERVICE(Cite as: 20 V.S.A. § 609)
§ 609. Stay of legal proceedings because of service in National Guard
(a)(1) If a member of the Vermont National Guard who is ordered to State active duty by the Governor is a party to a civil or administrative proceeding in any Vermont court, the proceeding:
(A) may be stayed by the court on its own motion; or
(B) shall be stayed by application of the member or person acting on behalf of the member, unless the court finds that the proceeding would not be materially affected by reason of the member's absence or that the member can participate by telephone or other electronic means.
(2) A motion for a stay under this subsection may be filed or the court may issue a stay at any time during the period of State active duty. Any stay issued shall not remain in effect for more than 30 days after the completion of State active duty.
(b) An application for a stay pursuant to subdivision (a)(1)(B) of this section shall include a letter or other communication from the member or a person on his or her behalf setting forth facts stating the manner in which the member's duty requirements materially affect the member's ability to appear and stating a date when the member is expected to be available to appear, together with any necessary information from the member's commanding officer.
(c)(1) This section shall not apply to:
(A) proceedings involving relief from abuse orders under 15 V.S.A. chapter 21, subchapter 1;
(B) proceedings involving orders against stalking or sexual assault under 12 V.S.A. chapter 178;
(C) proceedings involving abuse prevention orders for vulnerable adults under 33 V.S.A. chapter 69, subchapter 1; or
(D) civil operator's license suspension proceedings under 23 V.S.A. § 1205.
(2) If a service member is unable to appear at a hearing due to responsibilities related to State active duty service, the court may issue interim or ex parte orders in proceedings identified in subdivision (1)(A), (B), or (C) of this subsection, and the Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend a civil operator's license. If the court issued any order while the member was on State active duty, upon the member's return, he or she shall, upon request, be entitled to a hearing and the opportunity to move to strike or modify the order or suspension issued in his or her absence. If the civil operator's license is reinstated, there shall be no reinstatement fee. (Added 2011, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; amended 2021, No. 10, § 33.)