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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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West Virginia: Senate approves big changes to judiciary; constitutional amendment would let legislature control judiciary’s budget; creation of intermediate appellate court advances
The West Virginia Senate approved two big changes to the state’s judiciary yesterday Judicial Budget Oversight Amendment SJR 3 as approved addresses funding for the state’s judiciary. Currently the West Virginia judiciary is unique among all states in that it’s budget request must be approved by the legislature without a decrease The Legislature shall may … Continue reading West Virginia: Senate approves big changes to judiciary; constitutional amendment would let legislature control judiciary’s budget; creation of intermediate appellate court advances

Arizona: you can adjudicate my case, but you can’t buy a beer (redux); committee hearing set for next week to eliminate minimum age for judges
In 2011, I noted that at that time several legislatures were considering raising the minimum age to be a judge. There have been recent instances of 26 and 27 year old judges and records indicate a 17 year old justice of the peace in Indiana in 1974 (Indiana has since disbanded these local courts) and … Continue reading Arizona: you can adjudicate my case, but you can’t buy a beer (redux); committee hearing set for next week to eliminate minimum age for judges

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