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Amendments to Maryland Constitutions
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SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Maryland,
(three-fifths of all members elected to each of the two Houses con-
curring) , that the following section be and the same is hereby pro-
posed as an amendment to Section 41A of Article IV of the Consti-
tution of Maryland, title "Judiciary Department", sub-title "People's
Courts", the same if adopted by the legal and qualified voters of the
State as herein provided, to become Section 41A of Article IV of the
Constitution of Maryland:
41A.
There is hereby created a People's Court of Baltimore City. Said
Court shall consist originally of a Chief Judge and two Associate
Judges; the number of such Judges may thereafter be increased or
decreased by the General Assembly by law but no such decrease shall
affect the term of any Judge then in office or his right to stand for
election for further terms as hereinafter provided. The Judges of
said Court shall have the qualifications prescribed by Section 2 of
this Article and shall have practiced law in the City of Baltimore
for a total period of at least five years; shall hold office subject to the
provisions of Sections 3 and 4 of this Article with regard to retire-
ment and removal from office; and shall receive from the Mayor and
City Council of Baltimore City such compensation as shall be fixed
by law by the General Assembly, which shall not be diminished dur-
ing continuance in office.
The Governor shall appoint to said Court, to take office on the first
Monday of May, 1941, one Associate Judge for a term expiring
December 31, 1942, one Associate Judge for a term expiring
December 31, 1944, and a Chief Judge for a term expiring December
31,1946; and, upon the creation of any additional office on said Court
by increase in the number of Judges pursuant to this Section, shall
appoint an Associate Judge for such term, not exceeding eight years
and expiring on the thirty-first day of December immediately fol-
lowing a Congressional election, as the law creating such office shall
prescribe. If any vacancy occurs during any such original term, the
Governor shall appoint a successor to serve for the remamender of such
term. After the expiration of said original terms, the terms of office
of said Court shall be for eight years from the expiration of the pre-
ceding term, and shall be filled as follows:
(1) Any incumbent Judge of said Court shall be eligible, at the
Congressional election immediately preceding the expiration of his
period of appointment or term, for election or re-election to succeed
himself (a) for a full term of eight years, except as provided in (b)
hereof; or (b) for the unexpired remamender of the current eight year
term, if his appointment will expire before the end of such term.
[No] Any QUALIFIED person [other than] including an incumbent
udge shall be eligible for election to said Court. PROVIDED, HOW-
EVER, THAT ANY JUDGE WHO IS IN OFFICE WHEN THIS
ACT TAKES EFFECT SHALL BE ENTITLED TO HAVE HIS
NAME PLACED UPON THE BALLOT WITH NO PARTY DES-
IGNATION AND WITH NO OPPOSING CANDIDATE; AND THE
VOTERS SHALL CAST THEIR VOTES FOR OR AGAINST THE
CONTINUANCE IN OFFICE OF SAID JUDGE.
(2) Whenever a vacancy shall occur on said Court from any cause
the Governor shall appoint to said Court a Judge who shall hold


 
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