Special Edition: Disasters and the Courts

Between earthquakes in Virginia and Colorado and Hurricane Irene, the last seven days have seen more than their share of natural disasters. In a trend first noticed after 9/11, and accelerated after the 2005 hurricane season, state legislatures have begun considering and enacting bills to give individual courts and state chief justices (individually or in conjunction with their respective supreme courts) additional flexibility to handle such crises.

This special edition of Gavel to Gavel examines the bills considered and laws enacted recently on the subject of courts and disasters.

The regular edition of Gavel to Gavel will come out as normal on Thursday.