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lous of taking such oaths.—Passed, 1794, ch. 49, confirmed 1795, ch. 11.

4. (That the mayor and second branch of the city council of the city of Baltimore, or any three or more of them, for the time being, shall be judges of the electtons for delegates of the city of Baltimore, and for elector of the senate, and shall have and exercise all the rights and authorities respecting such elections, which were vested in the commissioners of Baltimore town, in virtue of the constitution and form of government.) Passed 1797, ch. 57-confirmed 1798, ch. 2.

5. That the people called Quakers, those called Nicolites, or New Quakers, those called Tunkers, and those called Menonists, holding it unlawful to take an oath on any occasion, shall be allowed to make their solemn affirmation as witnesses, in the manner that Quakers have been heretofore allowed to affirm, which affirmation shall be of the same avail as an oath, to all intents and purposes whatever.

$ 2. Before any of the persons aforesaid shall be admitted as a witness in any court of justice in this state, the court shall be satisfied, by such testimony as they may require, that such person is one of those who profess to be conscientiously scrupulous of taking an oath:-Passed 1797, ch. 118--confirmed 1798, ch. 83.

ART. 6. That the several counties of this state, for the purpose of holding all future elections for delegates, electors of the senate, and sheriffs of the several counties, shall be divided into separate districts, in the manner hereinafter directed, viz. St. Mary's county shall be divided and laid off into (three] separate districts, Kent county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Calvert county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Charles county shall be divided and laid off into four separate districts; Talbot county shall be divided and laid off into four separate districts; Somerset county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Dorchester county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Cecil county shall be divided and laid off into four separate districts; Prince George's county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Queen Anne's county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Wor. cester county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Frederick county shall be divided and laid off into (seven) separate districts; Harford county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Caroline county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Washington county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Montgomery county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Alleghany county shall be divided and laid off into six separate districts; Anne Arundel county, including the city of Annapolis, shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Baltimore county, out of the limits of the city of Baltimore, shall be divided and laid off into seven districts; and that the city of Baltimore shall be laid off into eight districts.

§ 2. All and every part of the constitution and form of government, relating to the judges, time, place, and manner of holding elections in the city of Baltimore, and all and every part of the second, third, fifth, fourteenth, and forty-second sections of the constitution and form of government of this state, which relate to the judges, place, time, and manner of holding the several elections for delegates, electors of the sepate, and the seriffs of the several counties, be and the same are hereby abrogated, repealed, and annulled, and the same shall hereafter be regulated by law.-Passed 1798, ch. 115– confirmed 1799, ch. 48.

Art. 7. [That every free white male citizen of this state, and no other, above twenty-one years of age, having resided twelve months in the county next preceding the election at which he offers to vote, and every free white male citizen of this state, above twenty-one years of age, and having obtained a residence of twelve months next preceding the election, in the city of Baltimore, or the city of Annapolis, and at which he offers to vote, shall have a right of suffrage, and shall vote by ballot, in the election of sucli county or city, or either of them; for delegates to the general assembly, electors of the senate, and sheriffs.]-Passed 1801, ch. 90-confirmeil, 1802, ch. 20.

8. That Frederick county shall be divided and laid off into nine separate districts.-Passed 1802, ch. 82-confirmed 1803, ch. 19.

9. That this state shall be divided into six judicial districts, in manner and form following, to wit: St. Mary's, Charles, and Prince George's counties, shall be the first district; Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot counties, shall be the second district; Calvert, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, shall be the third district; Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, and Worcester counties, shall be the fourth district; Frederick, Washington, and Alleghany counties, shall be the fifth district; Baltimore and Harford counties, shall be the sixth district; and there shall be appointed for each of the said judicial districts, three persons of integrity and sound legal knowledge, residents of the state of Maryland, who shall, previous to, and during their acting as judges, reside in the district for which they shall respectively be appointed, one of whom shall be styled in the commission chief judge, and the other two associate judges of the district for which they shall be appointed; and the chief judge, together with the two associate judges, shall compose the county courts in each respective district; and each judge shall hold his commission during good behaviour'; removable for misbehaviour, on conviction in a court of law, or shall be removed by the governor, upon the address of the

lous of taking such oaths.-- Passed, 1794, ch. 49, confirmed 1795, ch. 11.

4. [That the mayor and second branch of the city council of the city of Baltimore, or any three or more of them, for the time being, shall be judges of the electtons for delegates of the city of Baltimore, and for elector of the senate, and shall have and exercise all the rights and authorities respecting such elections, which were vested in the commissioners of Baltimore town, in virtue of the constitution and form of government. 1Passed 1797, ch. 57-confirmed 1798, ch. 2.

5. That the people called Quakers, those called Nicolites, or New Quakers, those called Tunkers, and those called Menonists, holding it unlawful to take an oath on any occasion, shall be allowed to make their solemn affirmation as witnesses, in the manner that Quakers have been heretofore allowed to affirm, which affirmation shall be of the same avail as an oath, to all intents and purposes whatever.

$ 2. Before any of the persons aforesaid sball be admitted as a witness in any court of justice in this state, the court shall be satisfied, by such testimony as they may require, that such person is one of those who profess to be conscientiously scrupulous of taking an oath:- Passed 1797, ch. 118--confirmed 1798, ch. 83.

ART. 6. That the several counties of this state, for the purpose of holding all future elections for delegates, electors of the senate, and sheriffs of the several counties, shall be divided into separate districts, in the manner hereinafter directed, viz. St. Mary's county shall be divided and laid off into three] separate districts, Kent county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Calvert county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Charles county shall be divided and laid off into four separate districts; Talbot county shall be divided and laid off into four separate districts; Somerset county shall be divided and laid oft into three separate dis. tricts; Dorchester county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Cecil county shall be divided and laid off into four separate districts; Prince George's county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Queen Anne's county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Worcester county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Frederick county shall be divided and laid off into (seven] separate districts; Harford county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Caroline county shall be divided and laid off into three separate districts; Washington county shall be divided and laid off' into five separate districts; Montgomery county shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Alleghany county shall be divided and laid off into six separate districts; Anne Arundel county, including the city of Annapolis, shall be divided and laid off into five separate districts; Baltimore county, out of the limits of the city of Baltimore, shall be divided and laid off into seven districts; and that the city of Baltimore shall be laid off into eight districts.

§ 2. All and every part of the constitution and form of government, relating to the judges, time, place, and manner of holding elections in the city of Baltimore, and all and every part of the second, third, fifth, fourteenth, and forty-second sections of the constitution and form of government of this state, which relate to the judges, place, time, and manner of holding the several elections for delegates, electors of the se. pate, and the siieriffs of the several counties, be and the same are hereby abrogated, repealed, and annulled, and the same shall hereafter be regulated by law. Passed 1798, ch. 115– confirmed 1799, ch. 48.

ART. 7. [That every free white male citizen of this state, and no other, above twenty-one years of age, having resided twelve months in the county next preceding the election at which he offers to vote, and every free wbite male citizen of this state, above twenty-one years of age, and having obtained a residence of twelve months next preceding the election, in the city of Baltimore, or the city of Annapolis, and at which he offers to vote, shall have a right of suffrage, and shall vote by ballot, in the election of sucli county or city, or either of them; for delegates to the general assembly, electors of the senate, and sheriffs.]-Passed 1801, ch. 90-confirmedl, 1802, ch. 20.

8. That Frederick couniy shall be divided and laid off into nine separate districts.-Passed 1802, ch. 82--confirmed 1803, ch. 19.

9. That this state shall be divided into six judicial districts, in manner and form following, to wit: St. Mary's, Charles, and Prince George's counties, shall be the first district; Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot counties, shall be the second district; Calvert, Anne Arundel and Montgomery counties, shall be the third district; Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, and Worcester counties, shall be the fourth district; Frederick, Washington, and Alleghany counties, shall be the fifth district; Baltimore and Harford counties, shall be the sixth district; and there shall be appointed for each of the said judicial districts, three persons of integrity and sound legal knowledge, residents of the state of Maryland, who shall, previous to, and during their acting as judges, reside in the district for which they shall respectively be appointed, one of whom shall be styled in the commission chief judge, and the other two associate judges of the district for which they shall be appointed; and the chief judge, together with the two associate judges, shall compose the county courts in each respective district; and each judge shall hold his commission during good behaviour; removable for misbehaviour, on conviction in a court of law, or shall be removed by the governor, upon the address of the

general assembly, provided that two-thirds of all the members of each house concur in such address; and the county courts, so as aforesaid established, shall have, hold, and exercise, in the several counties of this state, all and every the powers, authorities, and jurisdictions, which the county courts of this state now have, use, and exercise, and which shall be hereafter prescribed by law; and the said county courts established by this act, shall respectively hold their sessions in the several counties, at such times and places as the legislature shall direct and appoint; and the salaries of the said judges shall not be dimi. nished during the period of their continuance in office.

$ 2. In any suit or action at law hereafter to be commenced or instituted in any county court of this state, the judges thereof, upon suggestion in writing, by either of the parties thereto, supported by affidavit, or other proper evidence, that a fair and impartial trial cannot be had in the county court of the county where such suit or action is depending, shall and may order and direct the record of their proceedings in such suit or action, to be transmitted to the judges of any county court within the district, for trial, and the judges of such coun. ty court, to whom the said record shall be transmitted, shall hear and determine the same in like manner as if such suit or action had been originally instituted therein; provided, nevertheless, that such suggestion shall be made as aforesaid, before or during the term in which the issue or issues may be joined in said suit or action; and provided also, that such further remedy may be provided by law in the premises, as the legislature shall, from time to time, direct and enact.

$ 8. If any party presented or indicted, in any of the county courts of this state, shall suggest, in writing, to the court in which such prosecution is depending, that a fair and impartial trial cannot be had in such court, it shall and may be lawful for the said court to order and direct the record of their proceed. ings in the said prosecution, to be transmitted to the judges of any adjoining county court, for trial ; and the judges of such adjoining county court, shall hear and determine the same, in the same manner as if such prosecution had been originally instituted therein : Provided, that such further and other remedy may be provided by law in the premises, as the legislature may direct and enact.

§ 4. If the attorney general, or the prosecutor for the state, sball suggest, in writing, to any county court before whom an indictment is or may be depending, that the state cannot have a fair and impartial trial in such court, it shall and may be lawful for the said court, in their discretion, to order and direct the record of their proceedings in the said prosecution to be transmitted to the judges of any adjoining county court for trial; and the judges of such county court shall hear and

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