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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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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

Publication note: my article in latest Judicature on guns in courthouses/courtrooms
I have this in the latest edition of Judicature. Guns in court: States are easing restrictions on firearms in courthouses and courtrooms The article looks at location bans (“courthouse”, “exclusive use”, etc.) and personnel exemptions (e.g. judges, law enforcement in general, law enforcement assigned to court security). It also examines the legislative efforts to expand … Continue reading Publication note: my article in latest Judicature on guns in courthouses/courtrooms

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