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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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Three state legislatures consider programs to require courts notify defendants by text of upcoming court hearings
Bills in three states have been filed in the last month to require state courts (in particular the various administrative offices of the courts) to develop text reminder system.Colorado SB 36 appears to be a revised version of HB 1081 of 2018. Under the 2019 bill, the state court administrator would have to roll out … Continue reading Three state legislatures consider programs to require courts notify defendants by text of upcoming court hearings

Montana: House committee approves bill to require judges recuse due to campaign contributions; using PACs to direct funds to judges could also require recusal
The Montana House State Administration Committee yesterday approved a bill to require judges recuse from cases due to campaign contributions. Under HB 157 as approved a judge may not sit or act in an action or proceeding when the judge learns by means of a timely motion that the judge has benefitted from or received … Continue reading Montana: House committee approves bill to require judges recuse due to campaign contributions; using PACs to direct funds to judges could also require recusal

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