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Michigan First District Court of Appeals

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The Michigan First District Court of Appeals is the state appellate court domiciled in Detroit, Michigan.


The First District office handles cases arising from the counties of Hillsdale, Lenawee, Monroe, and Wayne. There are currently 7 judges serving the First District Court of Appeals.

Current judges


The Michigan Court of Appeals was created by the Constitution of 1963, Article VI, Section 1, under which the State of Michigan has "one court of justice." According to the Michigan Court of Appeals website, "The judicial power of the state is vested exclusively in one court of justice which shall be divided into one supreme court, one court of appeals, one trial court of general jurisdiction known as the circuit court, one probate court, and courts of limited jurisdiction that the legislature may establish by a two-thirds vote of the members elected to and serving in each house." The original nine judges that served on the Court of Appeals when it first began in 1965 were: Chief Judge T. John Lesinski, Chief Judge pro tempore John W. Fitzgerald, and Judges Robert B. Burns, John H. Gillis, Donald E. Holbrook, Thomas Giles Kavanagh, Louis D. McGregor, Timothy C. Quinn, and John D. Watts. Ronald L. Dzierbicki was Clerk of the Court. Offices were originally located only in Lansing, Detroit and Grand Rapids. The Southfield office was opened in 1994, and was moved to Troy in 2004.[2]

Office address

14th Floor, Cadillac Place, 3020 West Grand Boulevard, Suite 14-300, Detroit, MI 48202-6020.

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First District, candidates competed for 3 open seats
CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
HoodKaren Fort HoodApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
MurrayChristopher MurrayApprovedAYes   ApprovedA
TalbotMichael TalbotApprovedAYes   ApprovedA


CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
KellyKirsten Frank Kelly   ApprovedAYes100%   ApprovedA
RiordanMichael Riordan   ApprovedAYes100%   ApprovedA