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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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Virginia Legislative Year in Review: deadlines for judicial decisions, judicial performance evaluation program, court record retention timelines
Veto override HB 5002 Special Session Provides language and funding to fill specific judgeships contingent upon the General Assembly filling the vacancies either through the budget language itself or action during a Special Session of the 2014 General Assembly rather than by the Governor appointing to fill interim vacancies. Law HB 10 Modifies annual retirement […]

Texas: Legislator wants constitutional mandate that state’s top courts video record proceedings and post online
With hearings in the U.S. House this month regarding Congress’ willingness, and legal ability, to compel cameras to be placed in the U.S. Supreme Court, one Texas lawmaker wants to put the same kind of compulsory cameras in the courts provision in the Texas constitution. HJR 62 filed earlier this week is a constitutional amendment […]

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