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What is the name of the hammer-thing a judge slams at court?

32 Comments

  1. healthyeater says:

    It is called a gavel. Go to that website, where it tells all about it. Hope this helps :)

  2. frank21142226 says:

    A Gavel !!

  3. ruskinflgator says:

    A gavel

  4. j6776c says:

    gavel

  5. Poptart007 says:

    think it’s a Gavel

  6. lolamarie1980 says:

    a gavel

  7. spiderhedron says:

    It’s called a "gavel."

  8. michelle says:

    gavel- I think

  9. lee a says:

    a gavel or a smashy thing

  10. Bee W says:

    Yes, a gavel.

  11. faulty_cortex says:

    Gavel.

  12. Skeater_2 says:

    gavel

  13. chrisraska says:

    They don’t use them as they show them using them on TV.

  14. john n says:

    it’s called a gavel.

  15. Angel of Mercy says:

    A gavel

  16. mags_cass says:

    GAVE

  17. Bullwinkle Moose says:

    It’s the bailiff’s head!!!!!!!

  18. louisesept1970 says:

    its a gavel

  19. dreambeliever16 says:

    A gavel !

  20. max v says:

    gavel, omg is that a real question?

  21. 80'S MAN says:

    his secretary

  22. leo94 says:

    A gavel. It may seem like it is called a hammer, but it isn’t. I don’t know why they call it that, it is just called a gavel or hammer.

  23. ARob says:

    a gavel.

  24. Stomper69 says:

    It’s called a gavel and judges seem to think it gives them a sense of holiness or some superpowers.Really it’s just a wooden hammer.

  25. Mister2-15-2 says:

    wooden gavel

  26. thedreamweaverwolf says:

    A gavel is a small ceremonial mallet commonly made of hardwood, typically fashioned with a handle and often struck against a sound block to enhance its sounding qualities. It is used by presiding officers—notably American judges, chairmen, and auctioneers—to call for attention or to punctuate rulings and proclamations. It is customarily struck to indicate the opening and closing of proceedings, giving rise to the phrase "gavel-to-gavel" to describe the entirety of a meeting or session. Robert’s Rules of Order provides guidelines on the proper use of the gavel in deliberative assemblies.

    By metonymy, the gavel represents the entire judiciary system, especially of judgeship; to "bring down the gavel" means to enforce or compel with the power of a court. It also represents the authority of presiding officers; thus the expression "passing the gavel" signifies an orderly succession from one chair to another.

    The origin of the gavel’s use, indeed of the word itself, is uncertain; in Middle English it refers to rent or tribute paid to a lord. It is possible that the use of a hammer in legislative or judiciary proceedings may represent Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, as the use of lawspeakers at Thing is a practice that originated in heathen Scandinavia. Masonic organizations used the maul as a symbol as early as the 18th century, through which the hammer may have come to represent meetings and order. Another theory posits that the word is related to the gable of a roof, whose shape may resemble a mallet or gavel.

    The image of the gavel is often used erroneously by advertising agencies worldwide to signify legal proceedings in many different jurisdictions, such as England & Wales, where in fact the gavel is never used.

  27. presto40342 says:

    Gavel:

    gav·el

    NOUN:

    A small mallet used by a presiding officer or an auctioneer to signal for attention or order or to mark the conclusion of a transaction.

  28. frank says:

    May I approac your honor?

    You may

    May I have the gavel thing please?

    here and don’t loose it It was a gift from Judge Judy

    I see. Come here young lady,raise your right hand and put your left hand on the Bible

    OUCH!!!!

    that’s the gavel, i REST MY CASE YOUR HONOR

    So noted

  29. Michael says:

    gavel – a small hammer used by a judge, chair of a meeting, or auctioneer to draw people’s attention or to mark the conclusion of a transaction

  30. Dave says:

    It’s a gavel.

  31. cd4 says:

    It’s called a gavel.

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