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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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Wisconsin: bills to require municipal court judges be attorneys re-introduced
Wisconsin legislators are once again considering the question of whether or not municipal court judges in the state should be required to be attorneys. AB 33 filed in January 2017 and SB 294 filed in mid-June both provide that a person may not qualify for election or appointment as a municipal court judge unless he … Continue reading Wisconsin: bills to require municipal court judges be attorneys re-introduced

Michigan: plan to study how trial courts are funded clears legislature; report due by 2019
Michigan’s House and Senate approved yesterday (June 15) creation of a commission to examine how Michigan’s trial courts are funded. HB 4613 as approved by both chambers would create the Trial Court Funding Commission. The Commission comes in light of People v. Cunningham, a July 2014 Michigan Supreme Court decision holding that a section of the … Continue reading Michigan: plan to study how trial courts are funded clears legislature; report due by 2019

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