838.00/2387: Telegram

The Chargé in Haiti (Gross) to the Secretary of State

113. Continuation of telegram of September 9, 4 p.m., Article E of the transitory provision of the Constitution is amended as follows:

“In the 12 months following the going into effect of these amendments, the Executive Power is authorized to proceed with the personnel of the courts and make the changes which he deems necessary.

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The judges whom he retains, as will be the case with the judges whom he names, shall be vested with a commission for 10 years in the cases of the Judges of Cassation and 7 years in the cases of judges of the permanent courts other than justices of peace.

These commissions become effective from the [date] which appears on them as provided in the amended article 89 of the Constitution.

In order to establish in the courts periodic succession of judges, the Executive is authorized in the first appointments, to name certain [of the?] judges for terms of less than the above-mentioned terms. A law will establish the manner of making these appointments.”