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Gavel to Gavel is an e-newsletter, blog and database that tracks state-by-state legislative activity that relates to the courts, identifying legislative trends on court issues. Whether the issue involves changes to the court structures or alterations to the terms of the judges who serve, Gavel to Gavel has provided a reliable, national overview of legislation affecting the state courts since 2006.

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Ohio: Senate approves compensation commission for judges & others; allows judicial salaries to be diminished only in cases of fiscal emergency
The Ohio Senate yesterday approved a plan (SJR 1) to create a Public Office Compensation Commission with the power to reduce judicial salaries mid-term in cases of fiscal emergency, a departure from a 2014 proposal which would have allowed them to be diminished for any reason. First, some background. The idea of a Compensation Commission […]

South Carolina: legislators could elect themselves directly into judicial office under bill approved in committee yesterday
South Carolina is one of two states (Virginia is the other) where the legislature elects judges. Under existing law (2-19-70(A)) currently serving members of the legislature are prohibited from being considered for election and retired/former members are prohibited from consideration for 1 year after the end of their service. That restriction however could fall under […]

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