USDC-WDNY Judge Sharing Program - Implementation date January 2017
The District Court of the Western District of New York has entered into a Judge Sharing program with the District of Vermont. Pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding, three judges in the District of Vermont will be randomly assigned new civil cases from our civil assignment wheel. They will be responsible for the cases from filing to disposition, trial, appeal or remand. Most of the proceedings will be conducted by video conferencing. If a hearing or trial is necessary, the Vermont Judge will travel to the Western District of New York to handle the matter. This is a three year national pilot program with the goal of assisting District Courts with large caseloads. The local rules of the Western District of New York will be applied to the cases handled by the Judges of the District of Vermont.