Official 2010 Gubernatorial General Election Question Text
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Qualifications for Baltimore City Orphans' Court Judges
Requires judges of the Orphans� Court in Baltimore City to be members in good standing of the Maryland Bar who are admitted to practice law in Maryland. (Amending Article IV, Section 40 of the Maryland Constitution) Under the Maryland Constitution, the voters of each county and Baltimore City elect three judges to the Orphans� Court of their respective jurisdictions, with the exception of Montgomery and Harford counties, where circuit court judges sit as the Orphans� Court. The judges must be citizens of the State and residents, for the preceding 12 months, in the city or county in which they are elected. The constitutional amendment would add an additional eligibility requirement for judges of the Orphans� Court in Baltimore City, requiring them to be members in good standing of the Maryland Bar who are admitted to practice law in Maryland.