The supreme court shall, until otherwise provide [provided] by law, consist of five
judges, a majority of whom competent to sit shall be necessary to form a quorum or
to pronounce a decision, except as hereinafter provided. It shall have original jurisdiction in quo warranto, mandamus, habeas corpus and
procedendo, and such appellate jurisdiction as may be provided by law. It shall hold at least one term in each year at the seat of government, and such
other terms, there or elsewhere, as may be provided by law. The judges of the supreme court shall be elected by the electors of the state at
large, for such term, not less than five years, as the general assembly may prescribe,
and they shall be elected and their official term shall begin at such time as may
be fixed by law. In case the general assembly shall increase the number of such judges, the first
term of each of such additional judges shall be such, that in each year after their
first election, an equal number of judges of the supreme court shall be elected, except
in elections to fill vacancies; and whenever the number of such judges shall be increased,
the general assembly may authorize such court to organize divisions thereof, not exceeding
three, each division to consist of an equal number of judges; for the adjudication
of cases, a majority of each division shall constitute a quorum, and such an assignment
of the cases to each division may be made as such court may deem expedient, but whenever
all the judges of either division hearing a case shall not concur as to the judgment
to be rendered therein, or whenever a case shall involve the constitutionality of
an act of the general assembly or of an act of congress, it shall be reserved to the
whole court for adjudication. The judges of the supreme court in office when this amendment takes effect, shall
continue to hold their offices until their successors are elected and qualified.
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