If you see a Canadian media outlet using a gavel in a story, they’re doing it wrong


Whoever is managing the B.C. Provincial Court’s Twitter account has been doing a great job of hammering home a message over the past seven days.

They’ve sent out no less than 20 tweets regarding a fact that they really, really want to get out there: Canadian judges don’t use gavels. If media outlets are using them to illustrate stories about local court cases, they’re doing it wrong.

Who knew?

Most journalists who cover the courts, anyone who works in the system, and observant repeat offenders, that’s who.

Read this article that they’ve posted about it. Then next time you see an outlet posting a gavel in a story about the courts (COUGH – us as recent as March – COUGH), be sure to send them that link to let them know what they don’t.