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
Louisiana may expand law making it a crime to file a false lien on judges to include court clerks
I’ve mentioned several times in the past the efforts by state legislatures to address the misuse by disgruntled litigants of the lien process against judges. Several states, however, make it a specific crime to file such false documents against court staff as well. Louisiana, enacted its no-false-liens-on-judges statute as HB 616 of 2012 and codified […]
Minnesota: bill would require monthly checks to determine if judges are meeting 90-days-for-decision statute
A plan to enforce a century-old statute requiring Minnesota judges render decisions within 90 days, or deny them their salaries, has been introduced in the Minnesota House this year. Several states have statutes that purport to require judges render decisions within a certain time period or else deny them their salaries. Most such statutes have […]