1. Unless otherwise specially provided, every public officer or employee shall be appointed by the Gouvernement, by commission or otherwise, and remain in office during pleasure.
Whenever two persons have been appointed jointly by commission to hold the office of clerk of appeals, prothonotary of the Superior Court, clerk of the Provincial Court, clerk of the Crown, clerk of the Peace, sheriff or registrar, and one of the joint-officers ceases to perform his duties through death or for any other reason, the commission shall not lapse as to the other joint-officer, but the latter shall remain alone in office and shall continue, alone and in his own name, to perform the duties of the office without the necessity of appointing him anew or of granting him a new commission, until the person or persons appointed by a new commission have fulfilled the duties imposed by sections 9, 39 and 40 of this act.
R. S. 1964, c. 12, s. 1; 1965 (1st sess.), c. 17, s. 2.