Maryland’s Senate is advancing a bill to rename the state’s top court from the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court of Maryland.
The proposed constitutional amendment ― sponsored by Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters, a Prince George’s County Democrat ― would let Maryland voters decide during November’s general election whether to rename the court.
The Senate gave preliminary approval to the amendment Wednesday. A final vote is expected this week.
The amendment also would rename the state’s second-highest court, the Court of Special Appeals, as the Maryland Appellate Court. The amendment also proposes renaming Court of Appeals judges as justices of the Supreme Court of Maryland.
The Court of Appeals has seven judges and hears appeals from lower courts.
If the legislation is approved by the Senate, it would move to the House of Delegates for consideration.