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CHAPTER 204
(House Bill 320)
AN ACT concerning
Civil Proceeding - Size of Jury
FOR the purpose of providing that 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; providing
that the Constitution of Maryland does not prohibit a trial by jury of less than 12
jurors in a civil proceeding in which the right to a jury trial is preserved; 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 5
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 all 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.
(B) (C) 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.


 
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