Canada’s online legal magazine.

Gavel Busters

Here’s the thing: Canadian courts don’t use gavels. Canadian courts have never used gavels. Gavels are American.

But you’ll see dozens of Canadian websites — even government websites — using the gavel to symbolize law. We’re out to stop this ignorant practice.

We need your help, though.

The plan is for you to send us the URLs of Canadian website you’ve found that use the gavel and we’ll add them to the roster of shame here on Slaw. Then, every so often, we’ll ask you to help us choose the most egregious of these sites to be the object of a campaign of persuasion to change. We’re going to rap knuckles, not benches, and one site at a time we can restore order in the Canadian way.

Send your candidates for the roster of shame to us at