Vermont

Association

of County Judges

2019-20
  • Hon. Jack Anderson, Pres.
  • Hon. Joel Page, V. P.
  • Hon. Jacqueline McClean, Treas.
  • Hon. Joyce McKeeman, Sec.

Rutland

Rutland County Courthouse
83 Center Street
Rutland, VT 05701

Rutland District and Family Courthouse
9 Merchants Row
Rutland, VT 05701

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  • COUNTY JUDGES AND OFFICERS

    Assistant Judges
    Hon. Jean H. Coloutti
    Hon. Stephen P. Benard
    Email: Jean Coloutti
    Email: Stephen Benard

    Probate Judge
    Hon. Kevin Candon

    Country Clerk and Treasurer
    Ronald J. Graves

    802-775-4394
    Office Hours: Variable

    Sheriff
    Stephen P. Benard

    88 Grove Street
    Rutland, VT 05701
    802-775-8002

    VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT

    Rutland County Courthouse

    83 Center Street
    Rutland, VT 05701
    Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Civil Division: 802 775-4394
    Probate Division: 802 775-0114

    Rutland District and Family Courthouse

    9 Merchants Row
    Rutland, VT 05701
    Mon. – Fri. 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

    Criminal Division: 802-786-5880
    Family Division: 802-786-5856

  • About the Assistant Judges

    Jean Coloutti was born in Hackensack, NJ and became a resident of Rutland City in 1968. Her education includes Lasell College and the College of St. Joseph in Rutland where she received a B.S. in Business Administration. Prior to being elected Assistant Judge, she was employed as an Administrative Assistant and served as the Clerk and President of the Rutland City School Board; Vice President and Secretary of the Vermont Association of County Judges from 1992 to 2015; President of the Rutland League of Women Voters; Chairperson of the Rutland State Aid to Education Committee and was a member of the Rutland City Committee for Federal Revenue Sharing.

    Jean has served as Assistant Judge since February of 1991 and presides in Small Claims Court and at Traffic Hearings for the Judicial Bureau. She also has presided on uncontested divorces in Family Court and sits as an Assistant Judge in Family and Civil Court. Jean is a graduate of the Special Court Jurisdiction Program at the National Judicial College of the University of Nevada in Reno.

    She is married to Joseph Coloutti and they have two sons and three granddaughters.

    Stephen Bernard
    Judge Benard began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff at Rutland County Sheriff’s Department in June of 1979.

    He continued as a Patrolman for the Town of Ludlow, VT, working thru the ranks of Sergeant and Acting Chief, returning to Rutland County Sheriff’s Department in 1990.

    He again advanced thru the ranks, eventually being appointed by Governor James Douglas as Sheriff in 2004. He served as Rutland County Sheriff for 16 years, retiring in March of 2020. As Sheriff he served on the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council for 15 years and as its chair for five years. He has served on many statewide boards and grant review committees.

    Judge Benard has received continuing education at the College of Saint Joseph, majoring in business administration, the FBI National Academy, majoring in law enforcement administration and leadership, the National Sheriff’s Institute, majoring in the history of sheriffs, politics and media relations.

    Judge Benard is a member and past president of the Wallingford Memorial Rotary Club, and past member of the Rutland City Rotary. A fifth-gereration Vermonter, he resides in Clarendon.