The only Maryland judicial races where voters had a choice occurred on the appellate level. All Circuit Court judges were unopposed in the yesterday's election.
Voters in Baltimore and Harford counties decided to retain the chief judge of the Court of Appeals, Robert C. Murphy, while those in the southern Eastern Shore voted to keep in office Court of Special Appeals Judge Dale R. Cathell. Court of Special Appeals Judge Robert F. Fischer, running statewide as an at-large judge, also won voter approval in the so-called retention election.
A state constitutional amendment in the mid-1970s changed the electoral process for appellate judges from one where judges ran against other candidates to one where voters vote for or against retaining them in office. Appellate court judges, appointed by the governor, serve 10-year terms.