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Proceedings and Debates of the 1867 Constitutional Convention
Volume 74, Volume 1, Debates 564   View pdf image (33K)
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said judges shall hold his office for the term of fifteen
years from the time of his election, and until his suc-
cessor is elected and qualified, or until he shall have at-
tained the age of seventy years, whichever may first hap-
pen, and be re-eligible thereto until he shall have attained
the age of seventy years, and not after; but in case of
any judge, who shall attain the age of seventy years
whilst in office, such judge may be continued in office by
the General Assembly for such further tune as they may
think fit, not to exceed the term for which he was elected,
by a resolution to be passed at the session next preced-
ing his attaining said age. In case of the inability of any
of said judges to discharge his duties with efficiency, by
reason of continued sickness, or of physical or mental in-
firmity, it shall be in the power of the General Assembly,
two- thirds of the members of each House concurring,
with the approval of the Governor, to retire said judge
from office.
SEC. 4. Any judge shall be removed from office by the
Governor, on conviction in a court of law, of incom-
petency, of wilful neglect of duty, misbehavior in office,
or any other crime, or on impeachment, according to this
Constitution, or the laws of the State; or on the address
of the General Assembly, two-thirds of each House con-
curring in such address, and the accused having been no-
tified of the charges against him, and having had oppor-
tunity of making his defence.
SEC. 5. After the election for Judges, to be held as
above mentioned, upon the expiration of the term, or in
case of the death, resignation, removal, or other disquali-
fication of any Judge, the Governor shall appoint a per-
son duly qualified to fill said office, who shall hold the
same until the next general election for members of the
General Assembly, when a successor shall be elected,
whose tenure of office shall be the same as hereinbefore
provided, but if the vacancy shall occur in the city of
Baltimore, the time of election shall be the fourth Wed-
nesday in October following.
SEC. 6. All judges shall, by virtue of their offices, be
conservators of the peace throughout the State; and no
fees, or prequisites, commission, or reward of any kind,
shall be allowed to any judge in this State, besides his
annual salary, for the discharge of any judicial duty.
SEC. 7. No judge shall sit in any case wherein he may
be interested, or where either of the parties may be con-
nected with him, by affinity or consanguinity, within such

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