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Maryland Manual, 1969-70
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subtitles "Part I.General Provisions," "Part II.Court
of Appeals," "Part III.Circuit Courts," and "Part IV.
Courts of Baltimore City"; and for the enactment of a
new Section 5A in said Article IV, subtitle "Part I.Gen-
eral Provisions"; providing that the Governor, by and
with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint
the judges of the Court of Appeals, intermediate courts
of appeal, Circuit Courts, the Supreme Bench of Balti-
more City; that all hearings on the confirmation of can-
didates shall be public and not conducted in secret or
executive session; that confirmation shall be by a major-
ity vote of all members elected to the Senate; that a judge
appointed may take office upon qualification and before
confirmation, but shall cease to hold office if not con-
firmed; that each judge appointed and confirmed shall
hold office for a term of fifteen years or, until the age
of seventy years, whichever may first occur; that the
powers of the Commission on Judicial Disabilities shall
include the power to require persons to testify and pro-
duce evidence by granting them immunity from prosecu-
tion or from penalty or forfeiture; that said Commission
may recommend to the Court of Appeals the removal or
retirement of a judge; that the Court of Appeals shall
prescribe rules concerning the Commission; that the
Court of Appeals, upon recommendation of the Commis-
sion, after a hearing and upon making certain findings,
may remove a judge from office, censure him or retire
him from office; that a Judge so removed and his surviv-
ing spouse shall have rights and privileges accruing from
his judicial service only to the extent prescribed by the
order of removal; that a judge so retired shall have the
rights and privileges prescribed by law for other retired
judges; that no judge shall sit in any hearing involving
his own removal or retirement; and further providing
for the removal of certain obsolete and outmoded provi-
sions of Article IV of the Constitution and for the amend-
ment of provisions of Article IV which are inconsistent
with these amendments, for certain interim provisions
including the terms of office, appointment and confirma-
tion of judges in office on the effective date of these
amendments, and for the submission of these amendments
to the qualified voters of the State of Maryland for their
adoption or rejection.
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 amend-
ments be and they are hereby proposed to Sections 3, 4B, 5,

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