Maryland Orphans' Court Judge Qualifications Amendment, Baltimore County, Question 2 (2012)

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Orphans' Court Qualifications, Baltimore County
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Maryland Constitution
Referred by:Maryland State Legislature
Topic:Judicial reform
A Maryland Orphans' Court Judge Qualifications Amendment, Prince George's County, was on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in the state of Maryland as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

The measure requires judges of the Orphans' Court for Baltimore County to have been admitted to practice law in Maryland and be in good standing with the Maryland Bar.[1]

Because the measure affects only one county, it required a majority approval from voters both statewide and in Baltimore County to pass.[2] Article XIV of the Maryland constitution provides this requirement.

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results
Maryland Question 2 (2012)
Approveda Yes 2,143,521 88.1%
Official results from the Maryland Secretary of State.

Text of measure

The ballot measure read as follows:[3]

Question 2

Constitutional Amendment (Ch. 146 of the 2012 Legislative Session)
Qualifications for Baltimore County Orphans’ Court Judges

(Amending Article IV, Section 40 of the Maryland Constitution)
Requires judges of the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore County to be admitted to practice law in this State and to be a member in good standing of the Maryland Bar.

For the Constitutional Amendment
Against the Constitutional Amendment


No formal support was identified.


No formal opposition was identified.

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Maryland Constitution

Placing a proposed amendment on the ballot requires a 60% vote of each chamber of the Maryland State Legislature. Maryland is one of nine states that allow a referred amendment to go on the ballot following the 60% supermajority vote.

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