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two Houses concurring), That the following amendment
be and it is hereby proposed to Section 21 of Article IV
of the Constitution of Maryland, title "Judiciary Depart-
ment", sub-title "Part IIIóCircuit Courts", the same, if
adopted by the legally qualified voters of the State as
herein provided, to become Section 21 of Article IV of the
Constitution of Maryland.
21. From and after [January 1, 1945] December 1,
1954, there shall be at least three judges for the first,
second, [third,] fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh circuits,
and at least four judges in the third circuit to be styled
judges of the Circuit Court, to be elected or appointed as
herein provided. [In any of said circuits in which there
shall be more than three judges (including the additional
judge of the Court of Appeals), no successor to the addi-
tional judge of the Court of Appeals shall be appointed
or elected as judge of said circuit. In any of said circuits
in which there shall be only three judges (including an
additional judge of the Court of Appeals), a successor to
the additional judge of the Court of Appeals shall be
appointed and elected as judge of said circuit.] The afore-
said number of judges for any of the circuits shall be
subject to increase or decrease by the General Assembly
flaw as provided in Section 5 of this Article.] The senior
judge in length of service shall be the chief judge of the
circuit [(unless there is an additional judge of the Court
of Appeals.)]; the other judge or judges shall be asso-
ciate judges. No two of said judges of the Circuit Court
shall at the time of their election or appointment, or
during the term for which they may have been elected or
appointed, reside in any one county other than Baltimore,
Montgomery, Prince George's or Allegany County, and
not more than two in any county except [(if there is an
additional judge of the Court of Appeals)] Baltimore
County. In case any candidate or candidates for judge at
any election shall receive sufficient votes to cause such
candidate or candidates to be declared elected, but the
election of such candidate or candidates would cause more
judges than herein permitted to reside in any county of
the circuit, then and in that event there shall be declared
elected only that candidate or those candidates residing
in said county, in the order of the votes received, whose
election would provide the permitted number of judges
from said county, and also the candidate or candidates
residing in some other county, and not similarly disquali-
fied, who shall have the next highest number of votes in
said election. If, by reason of such a condition or by
reason of an equal vote for two or more candidates a


 
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