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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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Maryland: Senate committee debated whether parties in a civil case should be automatically given continuances, without judicial approval, if the parties agree
A plan introduced earlier this year in the Maryland Senate could have effectively stripped judges in civil cases of the ability to deny many continuances. SB 250, as introduced, provided that if all parties to a civil proceeding agreed to a continuance “a court shall continue” the proceeding. Current law provides a continuance may be … Continue reading Maryland: Senate committee debated whether parties in a civil case should be automatically given continuances, without judicial approval, if the parties agree

Pennsylvania: bill would require drug testing of judges and other elected officials; similar drug-testing-judges law struck down in 1998
Over the last several decades there has been a push to drug test those who are on any kind of public assistance and, in response, efforts by state legislators to put the same sort of drug testing requirements on public officials, including in many instances judges (I discussed this phenomena at length here and here … Continue reading Pennsylvania: bill would require drug testing of judges and other elected officials; similar drug-testing-judges law struck down in 1998

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