Most Marylanders probably have never had a first-hand experience with the Orphans' Court, the 3-judge probate court where disputes over wills and estates are settled. But that should not prevent them from ensuring that the court's judges be qualified for their jobs. Questions 1 and 2 would amend the Maryland constitution to require those who run for these offices in Baltimore and Prince George's counties to be lawyers, a common sense requirement, considering that Orphans' Court judges must often make decisions based on an interpretation of the law. The change should help the courts work more effectively and efficiently.
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