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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 it be proposed that the Constitution of Maryland read as follows:
Declaration of Rights
Article 5.
(A) That the Inhabitants of Maryland are entitled to the Common Law of
England, and the trial by Jury, according to the course of that Law, and to the benefit of
such of the English statutes as existed on the Fourth day of July, seventeen hundred and
seventy-six; and which, by experience, have been found applicable to their local and other
circumstances, and have been introduced, used and practiced by the Courts of Law or
Equity; and also of al! Acts of Assembly in force on the first day of June, eighteen
hundred and sixty-seven: except such as may have since expired, or may be inconsistent
with the provisions of this Constitution: subject, nevertheless, to the revision of, and
amendment or repeal by. the Legislature of this State. And the Inhabitants of Maryland
are also entitled to all property derived to them from, or under the Charter granted by
His Majesty Charles the First to Caecilius Calvert, Baron of Baltimore.
(B) THE PARTIES TO ANY CIVIL PROCEEDING IN WHICH THE RIGHT TO
A JURY TRIAL IS PRESERVED ARE ENTITLED TO A TRIAL BY JURY OF AT LEAST
6 JURORS,
(Cl THAT NOTWITHSTANDING THE COMMON LAW OF
ENGLAND, NOTHING IN THIS CONSTITUTION PROHIBITS TRIAL BY JURY
OF LESS THAN 12 JURORS IN ANY CIVIL PROCEEDING IN WHICH THE
RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL IS PRESERVED.
SECTION 2. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That the General Assembly
determines that the amendment to the Constitution of Maryland proposed by this Act
affects multiple jurisdictions and that the provisions of Article XIV. Section 1 of the
Constitution concerning local approval of constitutional amendments do not apply.
SECTION 3. AND BE IT FURTHER ENACTED, That the aforegoing section
proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of Maryland shall be submitted to the
legal and qualified voters of this State at the next general election to be held in
November. 1992 for their adoption or rejection in pursuance of directions contained in
Article XIV of the Constitution of this State. At that general election, the vote on this
proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be by ballot, and upon each ballot there
shall be printed the words "For the Constitutional Amendments" and "Against the
Constitutional Amendments." as now provided by law. Immediately after the election, all
returns shall be made to the Governor of the vote for and against the proposed
amendment, as directed by Article XIV of the Constitution, and further proceedings had
in accordance with Article XIV.
Chaptered May 5, 1992.


 
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