Maryland Question 2
, also known as the Retired Judges Assignment Act
, was on the November 3, 1998
election ballot in Maryland
as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment
, where it was approved
with 72% of voters in favor.
| Question 2|
| Yes|| 798,217|| 72%|
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
This constitutional amendment will allow the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, upon approval of a majority of the Court of Appeals, to assign a retired judge of the Circuit Court for Montgomery County or the Circuit Court for Harford County, that sits as the Orphans' Court for Montgomery County or the Orphans' Court for Harford County, respectively to do an act that a judge is of an Orphans' Court is authorized to perform. The Orphans' Court has jurisdiction over estates of deceased persons and certain guardianships of minors. Under current constitutional and statutory provisions, a former judge of the Orphans' Court cannot sit temporarily in an Orphans' Court, so when a retired judge is assigned to sit in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County or Harford County, Orphans' Court matters cannot be included in the assignment. The inability to include these matters can cause delays in the settlement of decedents' estates in those counties.