§6-5-1. When terms of office to begin.
The terms of officers, except when elected or appointed to
fill vacancies, shall begin respectively as follows: That of
governor, secretary of state, state superintendent of free schools,
treasurer, auditor, attorney general and commissioner of
agriculture, on the first Monday after the second Wednesday of
January next after their election; that of a member of the
Legislature, on the first day of December next after his election;
and that of the judges of the supreme court of appeals, the judges
of the several circuit courts, the judges of the criminal,
intermediate, common pleas and other inferior courts, the county
commissioners, prosecuting attorneys, surveyors of land, assessors,
sheriffs, clerks of the circuit, criminal, intermediate, common
pleas, or other inferior courts, clerks of the county courts,
justices of the peace and constables, on the first day of January
next after their election.
Whenever a person is elected or appointed to fill a vacancy,
his term shall be as prescribed by chapter three of this code.