State of the Judiciary Addresses: 2012

Gavel to Gavel focuses on legislation affecting the courts. Yet in many or most states (depending on year) the chief justice has the opportunity to come into the legislature or addresses legislative leaders directly in the form of State of the Judiciary Addresses. For the second year in a row, Gavel to Gavel the Blog will be tracking them with links to give some idea of what the chief justices are asking from the legislatures.

The National Center for State Courts has an archive of 2011, 2010, and previous years State of the Judiciary addresses located here.

Gavel to Gavel not one of ABA’s Blawg 100 of 2011, but thanks for your support and check out the winners!

Back in August I noted the ABA’s annual Top 100 Blawgs (law blogs) contest was kicking into gear for 2011. Well, the list is out and sadly, Gavel to Gavel is not on it. I want to thank the readers who submitted Gavel to Gavel and encourage you to look at the Top 100 list for some amazing resources and voices out there (here?) in the blogosphere!

There’s always next year.

2011 indigent defense legislation week

As was the case with bail/pre-trial release, Gavel to Gavel does not normally track indigent defense legislation. However, I’ve had numerous readers request information and in many cases indigent defense systems are under the direct control/jurisdiction of the courts, the supreme court, the administrative office of the courts, etc. Therefore, I am dedicating this week to indigent defense legislation legislation, starting today.

Have an idea for a court-related topic you’d like to see tracked? Just send an email!

In order to make this readable and usable, instead of using the 4 main US Census regions, I am dividing the Southern region into two along Census division lines.

Monday (Northeast): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Tuesday (South Atlantic): Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
Wednesday (East South Central & West South Central): Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
Thursday (Midwest): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Friday (West): Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Support Gavel to Gavel for ABA’s Top 100 Law Blogs!

It’s that time of year again – the ABA Journal has begun its search for the Top 100 Law Blogs. If you enjoy Gavel to Gavel and would like to show your support, visit the ABA Journal Law Blog Amici page and suggest Gavel to Gavel. Submissions are due no later than September 9, 2011. Thank you for your support!

2011 bail/pretrial release legislation week

Though not normally tracked by Gavel to Gavel, I’ve had numerous readers request information on bail or pretrial release. Because much of the legislation does impact the courts’ and their ability to direct defendants, and because of the aforementioned reader interest, I am dedicating this week to bail/pretrial release legislation, starting today.

Have an idea for a court-related topic you’d like to see tracked? Just send an email!

In order to make this readable and usable, instead of using the 4 main US Census regions, I am dividing the Southern region into two along Census division lines.

Monday (Northeast): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Tuesday (South Atlantic): Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
Wednesday (East South Central & West South Central): Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
Thursday (Midwest): Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Friday (West): Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

State-by-State 2011 Legislative Year in Review starts today

With most state legislatures now adjourned sine die, I am introducing a new feature: Legislative Year in Review. New laws affecting the courts in each state will be examined based on the order of adjournment. Thus today’s first installment will focus on Virginia, which was the first state to adjourn (February 27).

A list of approximate dates for each state’s review are below the fold.

Continue reading State-by-State 2011 Legislative Year in Review starts today

A big thank you to LexisNexis for providing the legislative tracking that has made Gavel to Gavel happen

Earlier this year I conducted a reader survey of the e-newsletter, including a box for people to ask me questions. One of the top questions people wanted to know was  “How does Gavel to Gavel receive information about what is going on in the states?”

Thanks to a generous agreement with LexisNexis, each Friday (since July 2006) I run automated searches through their Total Research System for all pieces of legislation active in the prior week that include the words judge, judicial/judiciary, court, or variations on the words. They have been exceptionally generous in the use of their system and I wanted to take the opportunity of the anniversary  to say: thanks.