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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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2015 efforts to changing civil jurisdiction thresholds: Nevada and Washington enact
Last year around this time I noted a trend towards increasing civil jurisdiction thresholds for some limited jurisdiction courts. Most states have at least 2 levels of trial court, with a civil jurisdiction amount dividing them. For example a $1,000 civil case may be filed in the limited jurisdiction court, but a $100,000 case may […]

Oregon: New law makes it specific crime to (falsely) yell “fire” in a courthouse
As I noted when this bill was first introduced last spring It’s a somewhat tired and shopworn statement derived from a U.S. Supreme Court decision (Schenck v. U.S.) that while the First Amendment assures freedom of speech “The most stringent protection of free speech would not protect a man falsely shouting fire in a theater […]

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