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Baldwin County Local Amendment 1

Relating to Baldwin County, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of Alabama of 1901, to allow the Judge of Probate of Baldwin County to exercise equity jurisdiction concurrent with that of the circuit court in cases originally filed in the Probate Court of Baldwin County if the Judge of Probate is a member of the Alabama State Bar. (Proposed by Act 2019-229)Explanation: The Judge of Probate of Baldwin County is not required to be an attorney or educated in the law and does not have the power to exercise equity jurisdiction. This means that the judge is bound by certain probate powers and cannot do anything further than what is specifically stated and allowed in the constitution and relevant statutes. If a party is requesting anything further, the case must be removed to circuit court. If the Judge of Probate of Baldwin County is an attorney, this amendment changes and adds the power of equity jurisdiction. This means that the judge can use discretion and common sense to make things right and to provide an equitable and fair solution even if the law does not specifically provide for that solution.

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  • Yes - For the Measure

  • No - Against the Measure