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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.

Current top posts from our blog

New Mexico Amendment 3: 17 out of 20 states that use retention elections have different filing deadlines for judges & others; few states put filing deadline for judges in state constitution
New Mexico voters in 1988 established the present electoral system for the highest courts in the state (supreme court, court of appeals, district, and metropolitan) that combines both merit/commission appointment AND partisan elections AND retention elections. (A subsequent amendment in 1994 set the threshold for retention at 57% “yes” votes). That 1988 amendment included a […]

Oregon Measure 87: why a 1979 Oregon Supreme Court case on judges as part time teachers is on the 2014 ballot
Most state constitutions provide for one of two types of prohibition on judges activities outside of their judgeship: a prohibition on holding more than one governmental office (dual-office holding) a prohibition on getting any other salary, whether from federal/state/local government or the private sector, regardless of whether they hold an “office”. (dual-salary) The first issue […]

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