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Maryland Manual, 1973-74
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Chairman: William J. O'Donnell, Associate Judge,
Eighth Judicial Circuit, 1976
Walter Sondheim, Jr., 1973; Carroll W. Royston, Attorney at Law,
1974; James H. Taylor, Associate Judge, Seventh Judicial Circuit,
1975; William L. Marbury, Attorney at Law, 1975; Richard P.
Gilbert, Associate Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 1975; Charles
E. Edmondson, District Court, Second District, 1976.
Laurence M. Katz, Executive Secretary
500 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore 21202 Telephone: 528-7214
The Commission on Judicial Disabilities, originally created by
Chapter 773, Acts of 1965, had its powers redefined by Chapter 506,
Acts of 1967. The Act of 1965 was ratified on November 8, 1966, as
an amendment to the Constitution (Const. 1867, Art. IV, sees. 4A
and 4B ). Originally, the Commission consisted of five members. Three
of the members had to be judges either of the Court of Appeals, the
Circuit Courts or the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City. One member
had to be a lawyer with a minimum of fifteen years of law practice.
One member represented the general public. Chapter 789, Acts of 1969
increased the membership of the Commission to seven members by
adding an additional lawyer member and a member representing the
District Courts. Members of the Commission are appointed by the
Governor and serve four-year terms. Members must be citizens and
residents of the State. Four members are appointed from among the
Judges of the Appellate Courts, the Circuit Courts for the Counties,
the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City and the District Court. Two
members must be lawyers, with a minimum of fifteen years of law
practice, and one member must represent the public.
The Commission is to meet for the purpose of investigation or
proceedings under Art. IV, sec. 4B of the Constitution. It will hold a
hearing, if charges have been presented, and if after good cause finds
it necessary, it will recommend to the Court of Appeals that a Judge
be either removed or retired. All Judges including Judges of the
Court of Appeals, the Court of Special Appeals, the Circuit Courts,
the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City and the Orphans' Court and
any others who may be elected or subject to election and those ap-
pointed for a full term if it is not less than four years are subject to
the provisions of the Act. Powers of the Commission and the General
Assembly in administering oaths and issuing and enforcing process
are provided for in the implementing legislation (Code 1957, 1971
Rep]. Vol., Art. 40, sec. 45; Courts Article, sec. 13-401 to 13-403).

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