Brattleboro native sworn in as Vermont’s newest superior court judge

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Gov. Phil Scott swore in Vermont’s newest Superior Court Judge on Friday in Montpelier.Jennifer Barrett, a Brattleboro native, has spent the last eight years as a state attorney in Orleans County.During her tenure, she prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases ranging from homicides, kidnappings, and sexual assaults. She said she’s ready to take on this new challenge. “I’m an experienced trial attorney. I’ve trialed 50 cases of verdict,” Barrett said. “I know the inside of the courtroom. I think it’s important for judges to have that type of experience.”This marks the twelfth judge and sixth woman that the governor has appointed to the Superior Court during his tenure. Scott said what impressed him the most about Barrett is her credibility.“She’s well-suited to the position. As you heard from many on both sides, the defense and the prosecutor side, she’s well-respected by everyone. She’s had a tremendous amount of experience,” Scott said.Her character also stood out from other candidates for the role. “The four Cs, I call them. The first is character and integrity – that’s number one,” Scott continued. “You have to be capable as well. You have to have commitment. But there also has to be chemistry. And she has all of those.”David Sleigh, a defense attorney, knows what it’s like to go up against Barrett first hand. “I don’t think I’ve met anyone in my life that I thought was more naturally talented and capable of making that transition than Jennifer,” Sleigh said.Barrett takes the place of Nancy Waples on the state’s trial court bench.Waples was appointed to Vermont’s Supreme Court back in February.

Gov. Phil Scott swore in Vermont’s newest Superior Court Judge on Friday in Montpelier.

Jennifer Barrett, a Brattleboro native, has spent the last eight years as a state attorney in Orleans County.

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During her tenure, she prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases ranging from homicides, kidnappings, and sexual assaults.

She said she’s ready to take on this new challenge.

“I’m an experienced trial attorney. I’ve trialed 50 cases of verdict,” Barrett said. “I know the inside of the courtroom. I think it’s important for judges to have that type of experience.”

This marks the twelfth judge and sixth woman that the governor has appointed to the Superior Court during his tenure.

Scott said what impressed him the most about Barrett is her credibility.

“She’s well-suited to the position. As you heard from many on both sides, the defense and the prosecutor side, she’s well-respected by everyone. She’s had a tremendous amount of experience,” Scott said.

Her character also stood out from other candidates for the role.

“The four Cs, I call them. The first is character and integrity – that’s number one,” Scott continued. “You have to be capable as well. You have to have commitment. But there also has to be chemistry. And she has all of those.”

David Sleigh, a defense attorney, knows what it’s like to go up against Barrett first hand.

“I don’t think I’ve met anyone in my life that I thought was more naturally talented and capable of making that transition than Jennifer,” Sleigh said.

Barrett takes the place of Nancy Waples on the state’s trial court bench.

Waples was appointed to Vermont’s Supreme Court back in February.

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