Welcome to Gavel to Gavel
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
Indiana: the beginning of the end of non-attorney judges in the state
Like most states, Indiana had for decades allowed non-attorneys to serve as judges in at least some courts, previously in the (now disbanded) Justice of the Peace courts and most recently in Town and City Courts. However, the Indiana legislature earlier this month approved, and the state’s governor has now signed, what is the beginning […]
Oklahoma: Governor vetoes bill to end practice of tying salaries of executive branch officials to judges; Senate unanimously overrides
An Oklahoma bill discussed here and here to eliminate the decade’s old practice of linking salaries for executive branch officials to that of judges was vetoed by that state’s governor and promptly overridden by a unanimous Senate. Under SB 549 the salaries of executive branch officials would have been set at specified amounts (e.g. “The […]