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§ 20. Circuit courts; orphans' courts

West's Annotated Code of MarylandConstitution of Maryland Adopted by Convention of 1867Effective: December 14, 2022

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Constitution of Maryland Adopted by Convention of 1867
Article IV. Judiciary Department
Part III. Circuit Courts (Refs & Annos)
Effective: December 14, 2022
MD Constitution, Art. 4, § 20
§ 20. Circuit courts; orphans' courts
(a) There shall be a Circuit Court for each County and for Baltimore City. The Circuit Courts shall have and exercise, in the respective counties, and Baltimore City, all the power, authority and jurisdiction, original and appellate, which the Circuit Courts of the counties exercised on the effective date of these amendments, and the greater or lesser jurisdiction hereafter prescribed by law.
(b) The judges of the Circuit Courts for Howard, Montgomery, and Harford Counties shall each, alternately and in rotation and on schedules to be established by those judges, sit as an Orphans' Court for their County, and shall have and exercise all the power, authority and jurisdiction which the present Orphans' Courts now have and exercise, or which may hereafter be provided by law.


Acts 1963, c. 744, ratified Nov. 3, 1964; Acts 1972, c. 374, ratified Nov. 7, 1972; Acts 1977, c. 681, ratified Nov. 7, 1978; Acts 1980, c. 523, ratified Nov. 4, 1980. Amended by Acts 2022, c. 539, § 1, ratified Nov. 8, 2022, eff. Dec. 14, 2022.
MD Constitution, Art. 4, § 20, MD CONST Art. 4, § 20
Current with all legislation from the 2023 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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