2017 Maryland Code
Tax - General
Title 3 - Maryland Tax Court
§ 3-106. Membership

  • (a) Composition; appointment of judges. --
    • (1) The Tax Court consists of 5 judges appointed by the Governor from the qualified voters of the State.
    • (2) Of the 5 judges, the Chief Judge and at least 1 other judge shall be members of the Bar of the State.
    • (3) Of the 5 judges, at least:
      • (i) 1 shall be a resident of Baltimore City;
      • (ii) 1 shall be a resident of the Eastern Shore; and
      • (iii) 1 shall be a resident of the Western Shore.
  • (b) Political affiliation. -- The Tax Court may not include more than 3 judges from the same political party.
  • (c) Oath. -- Before taking office, each appointee to the Tax Court shall take the oath required by Article I, ยง 9 of the Maryland Constitution.
  • (d) Tenure; vacancies. --
    • (1) The term of a judge is 6 years and begins on the 1st Monday in June.
    • (2) The terms of judges are staggered as required by the terms provided for the judges of the Tax Court on January 1, 1989.
    • (3) At the end of a term, a judge continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
    • (4) A judge who is appointed after a term has begun serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.
  • (e) Removal. -- The Governor may remove a judge for incompetence or misconduct.
  • (f) Salary. -- Each judge is entitled to the salary provided in the State budget.
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