Article V made few basic changes in the court system that existed in 1973. In some respects, this was unfortunate, for many reforms were desirable, including a truly integrated court system. Indeed, significant changes were needed by 1980, when amendments were adopted to give the courts of appeal jurisdiction in criminal cases. The constitution established the structure of the court system and did not follow the federal pattern or the Model State Constitution, which allows legislative authority great flexibility in organizing and changing the system. The article...
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