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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 the members elected to each of the two houses
concurring), That the following amendments be and they are hereby
proposed to Sections 1, 2, 3, 15, 16, 18 and 33 of Article IV, title
"Judiciary Department", subtitles respectively "Part IóGeneral Pro-
visions", "Part IIóCourt of Appeals", and "Part IVóCourts of
Baltimore City", and that the subtitle "Part IIóCourt of Appeals"
be changed to "Part IIóCourts of Appeal"; Sections 3 and 6 of
Article V, title "Attorney General and State's Attorneys"; and
Section 1 of Article XVII, title "Quadrennial Elections"; and that
Article IV of the Constitution, subtitle "Part IIóCourts of Appeal",
is amended by adding new Sections 14A and 14B thereto, to follow
immediately after Section 14 thereof; and that said Article IV of
the Constitution, subtitle "Part IIóCourts of Appeal", is amended
by repealing Section 18A thereof and enacting a new Section18A in
lieu thereof, to stand in the place of the Section 18A so repealed, the
same if adopted by the legal and qualified voters of the State as
herein provided, to become a part of the Constitution of Maryland.
Article IV
1. The Judicial power of this State shall be vested in a Court of
Appeals, and such intermediate courts of appeal, as shall be provided
by law by the General Assembly, Circuit Courts, Orphans' Courts,
such Courts for the City of Baltimore, as are hereinafter provided
for, and Justices of the Peace; all said Courts shall be Courts of
Record, and each shall have a seal to be used in the authentication
of all process issuing therefrom. The process and official character of
Justices of the Peace shall be authenticated as hath heretofore been
practiced in this State, or may hereafter be prescribed by law.
2. The Judges of all of the said Courts shall be citizens of the
State of Maryland, and qualified voters under this Constitution, and
shall have resided therein not less than five years, and not less than
six months next preceding their election, or appointment, [in the
Judicial Circuit,] as the case may be, in the city, county, judicial
circuit, intermediate appellate judicial circuit or appellate judicial
circuit for which they may be, respectively, elected, or appointed.
They shall be not less than thirty years of age at the time of their
election, or appointment, and shall be selected from those who have
been admitted to practice Law in this State, and who are most dis-
tinguished for integrity, wisdom and sound legal knowledge.
3. The Judges of the several Courts [shall] other than the Court
of Appeals or any intermediate courts of appeal shall, subject to the
provisions of Section 5 of this Article of the Constitution, be elected
in Baltimore City and in each county, by the qualified voters of the
city and of each county, respectively, except that in the First and
Second Judicial Circuits the said Judges of the several Courts shall
be elected by the qualified voters in each respective Judicial Circuit
as hereinafter provided, all of the said Judges to be elected at the
general election to be held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in
November, as now provided for in the Constitution. Each of the said
Judges shall hold his office for the term of fifteen years from the
time of his election, and until his successor is elected and qualified,
or until he shall have attained the age of seventy years, whichever
may first happen, and be re-eligible thereto until he shall have
attained the age of seventy years, and not after. In case of the


 
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