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an irrevocable pledge of the full faith and

credit and unlimited taxing power of the

State. Any such appropriation that is in ad-

dition to or exceeds the capital appropria-

tions submitted to the General Assembly by

the governor shall provide for a tax, direct

or indirect, sufficient to pay the debt service

required thereby, to be levied and collected

as prescribed in the supplementary appropri-

ation bill.



Part I. General Provisions.

Section 1. The Judicial power of this

See Section 5.02, Judicial Power, p. 3.

State shall be vested in a Court of Appeals,

and such intermediate courts of appeal, as

shall be provided by law by the General

Assembly, Circuit Courts, Orphans' Courts,

such Courts for the City of Baltimore, as

are hereinafter provided for, and Justices

of the Peace; all said Courts shall be Courts

of Record, and each shall have a seal to be

used in the authentication of all process

issuing therefrom. The process and official

character of Justices of the Peace shall be

authenticated as hath heretofore been prac-

ticed in this State, or may hereafter be

prescribed by Law.

Sec. 2. The Judges of all of the said

Section 5.14. Eligibility for Nomination and

Courts shall be citizens of the State of


Maryland, and qualified voters under this

A judge shall have been a citizen of the

Constitution, and shall have resided there-

State and shall have been authorized to prac-

in not less than five years, and not less

tice law in the State for at least five years

than six months next preceding their elec-

immediately preceding his nomination. A

tion, or appointment, as the case may be,

nominee for judge of the Court of Appeals

in the city, county, judicial circuit, inter-

or of the Intermediate Appellate Court shall

mediate appellate judicial circuit or appel-

be a resident of the circuit where that court

late judicial circuit for which they may be,
respectively, elected, or appointed. They

vacancy exists. A nominee for judge of the
Superior Court shall be a resident of the

shall be not less than thirty years of age

county where the vacancy exists. A nominee

at the time of their election, or appointment,

for judge of the District Court shall be a res-

and shall be selected from those who have

ident of the district where the vacancy ex-

been admitted to practice Law in this State,


and who are most distinguished for integrity,

wisdom and sound legal knowledge.

Sec. 3. The Judges of the said several

See Section 522, Judicial Term of Office, p.

Courts other than the Court of Appeals or


any intermediate courts of appeal shall,
subject to the provisions of Section 5 of this

Section 5.23. Judicial Retirement.

Article of the Constitution, be elected in

Each judge shall retire at the age of seven-

Baltimore City and in each county, by the

ty. If a majority of the members of the

qualified voters of the city and of each

Court of Appeals approve, the chief judge

county, respectively, except that in the First

may authorize a retired judge to perform

and Second Judicial Circuits the said Judges

temporarily judicial duties in any court.



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