MARYLAND voters will be asked Nov. 3 to amend the state constitution to speed the work of local courts. The proposed amendments deserve voter support.
Question No. 1 would double the threshold damage level, to $10,000, before an individual can ask for a circuit court jury trial in a civil case instead of going before a district court judge. It now takes a year before a civil jury case comes to trial. This amendment would shorten that time to three months or less.