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Amendments to Maryland Constitutions
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CHAPTER 322
(House Bill 192)
AN ACT concerning
Jury Trials - Civil Proceedings
FOR the purpose of providing that the right to a jury trial in civil proceedings
preserved by Article 23 of the Declaration of Rights applies when the amount in
controversy exceeds $10,000; and submitting this amendment to the qualified
voters of the State of Maryland for their adoption or rejection.
BY proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Maryland
Declaration of Rights
Article 23
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 23.
In the trial of all criminal cases, the Jury shall be the Judges of Law, as well as
of fact, except that the Court may pass upon the sufficiency of the evidence to sustain
a conviction.
The right of trial by Jury of all issues of fact in civil proceedings in the several
Courts of Law in this State, where the amount in controversy exceeds the sum of [five
thousand dollars] $10,000, shall be inviolably 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, 1998 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


 
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