The Value of the Modern Code Revision Project


Overall, the code revision project that began in 1970 has proven to be, and will continue to be, an enormously worthwhile one and a noble effort that benefits not only the General Assembly and the legal and judicial communities, but also the general citizenry of the State.  The statutes encompassed in revised articles are better organized, more clearly written, and easier to understand without all the legalese and convolutions that characterized previous codes of Maryland law.  That is what the whole project has been about.


In the initial volume of the State Personnel and Pensions Article, which was enacted in two parts (1993 and 1994) and dedicated to the late William S. James, the first chairman of the Commission to Revise the Annotated Code, the memorial inscription, inserted after the title page, succinctly describes the modern code revision process in Maryland: “...the most thorough and highly respected process in the United States for the ongoing recodification, restatement, and revision of State laws.”