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Section 17-16-65

Tried by joint convention of House and Senate.

The two houses of the Legislature, in joint convention assembled, and presided over by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall constitute the tribunal for the trial of all contests for the office of Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, justices of the Supreme Court, or judges of the courts of appeals and such joint convention shall fix a day for the trial, which may be adjourned from day to day, and from time to time, as may be determined by the joint convention. A majority of the joint convention shall be competent to try all issues involved in the contest and render judgment on all questions arising during the progress of the trial, including a final judgment on the contest. The proceedings of the joint convention, as well as all judgments rendered, shall be entered upon the journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives, and the final judgment of the joint convention upon the contest shall thereupon become effective as a judgment and shall have the force and effect of vesting the title to the office, which may be the subject of contest in the person in whose favor the judgment may be rendered.

(Code 1896, §1674; Code 1907, §480; Code 1923, §570; Code 1940, T. 17, §256; §17-15-52; amended and renumbered by Act 2006-570, p. 1331, §83.)
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