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The gavel, iconic image of American justice.

  • Object type: Photo
  • Formal Title: The gavel, iconic image of American justice.
  • Creator: Africa Studio (Fotolia.com)
  • Date Created: unknown
  • Origin: Africa Studio
  • Current Location: Fotolia.com

You won't find a gavel on the desks of Canadian judges or those in the United Kingdom though they are ubiquitous in American courts, where the tool is also known fondly as the judge's hammer.

The gavel is a well-used tool for calling order in legislative assemblies around the world, but that's the legislative branch of government, not the judicial branch.

The popularity and quality of the American movie and television industry has contributed to the false impression that the gavel is a tool of justice everywhere.

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