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
Connecticut will NOT force courts to order poor into community service prior to filing civil suits
I noted last month that Connecticut was considering compelling those unable to pay civil filing fees to work up to 20 hours of community service. HB 6692 would have amended existing law to provide a person who could not pay due to indigence could be be compelled to work. If the court waives such fee, [...]
North Carolina may ends Courts Commission, shift “oversight” over judiciary directly to legislature
For two years, the North Carolina legislature has attempted to kill off its Courts Commission, but the latest version gives the legislature directly broad news powers over the courts. The commission presently is made of 28 members: 7 appointed by the Governor, 7 appointed by the Chief Justice, and 14 legislators. In place since the [...]