Â§ 1. Governing power
The Commonwealth or State of Vermont shall be governed by a Governor (or Lieutenant-Governor), a Senate and a House of Representatives, in manner and form following:
Â§ 2. Supreme legislative power
The Supreme Legislative power shall be exercised by a Senate and a House of Representatives.
Â§ 3. Supreme executive power
The Supreme Executive power shall be exercised by a Governor, or in the Governor's absence, a Lieutenant-Governor.
Â§ 4. Judiciary
The judicial power of the State shall be vested in a unified judicial system which shall be composed of a Supreme Court, a Superior Court, and such other subordinate courts as the General Assembly may from time to time ordain and establish.
Â§ 5. Departments to be distinct
The Legislative, Executive, and Judiciary departments, shall be separate and distinct, so that neither exercise the powers properly belonging to the others.