Scott Nominates Southern Vermont Judge Karen Carroll For Supreme Court Post

Mar 23, 2017

Gov. Phil Scott has nominated Superior Court Judge Karen Carroll to join the Vermont Supreme Court.

Carroll became a superior court judge in 2000, according to a news release from Scott’s office, and she served in family, civil and criminal courts in Windham, Windsor and Bennington counties. Before that, she was a prosecutor with the Southern Vermont Drug Task Force.

The release said Carroll was chosen from among eight candidates recommended to the governor by the state’s Judicial Nominating Board.

“Among a pool of very strong and capable candidates, Judge Carroll distinguished herself based on her depth of experience, character, integrity, and – most importantly – understanding and application of the law,” Scott said in the release.

Scott said at a press conference Thursday that he didn't subject Carroll to an ideological litmus test before making the selection, or try to get a sense of how she'd rule on specific cases that might come before the court.

If approved by the state Senate, Carroll would shift the majority of the five-member Supreme Court from male to female.

Scott's nomination of Carroll comes after the Vermont Supreme Court ruled in January that outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin could not appoint a successor to outgoing Associate Justice John Dooley.

Correction: A previous version of the post misidentified her as "Karen Russell".