Michigan Supreme Court elections
|The seven justices of the Michigan Supreme Court are chosen in nonpartisan elections. They serve eight-year terms and must be re-elected if they wish to continue serving. For more information on these elections, visit the Michigan judicial elections page.
Incumbent judges seeking re-election may file an affidavit of candidacy requesting to be placed on the ballot, while non-incumbent candidates must either file a nominating petition or obtain a partisan nomination at a party convention. Incumbency is noted on the ballot, though party affiliation is not.
Selection of the chief justice
In order to be elected to this court, a judge must:
Sitting judges who reach age 70 are allowed to serve out the remainder of their term.
In the event of a midterm vacancy, the governor appoints a temporary replacement to serve until the next general election. At the governor's request, the state bar's standing committee on judicial qualifications interviews, evaluates, and rates all candidates, submitting a confidential report to the governor.
Election results are from the Michigan Secretary of State, 2008 General Election Results: Supreme Court.