Non-state week 2011: A look at legislation affecting the non-state courts of the United States

Since its establishment in 2006 as a set of spreadsheets, Gavel to Gavel maintained itself as “A review of state legislation affecting the courts.” However, this has admitted and regrettably given short shrift to the other parts of the United States that are not states:

  1. Territory of American Samoa
  2. Territory of Guam
  3. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  4. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  5. United States Virgin Islands
  6. District of Columbia

This week will be dedicated to rectifying that oversight, starting today with a look at the Chief Justice of Guam’s state of the judiciary and his proposal to put a new form of judicial funding in the territory’s “Organic Act” (effectively, the constitution for the territory).

2 thoughts on “Non-state week 2011: A look at legislation affecting the non-state courts of the United States”

  1. On behalf of the attorneys in America’s territories, I thank Gavel to Gavel for their coverage of state legislation affecting out courts.

    While the U.S. Virgin Islands has achieved the establishment of its Supreme Court, we still need the unification of court system which is currently administered by both the Superior Court and the Supreme Court.

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