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Rosemarie Elizabeth Aquilina
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Court Information:
30th Circuit Court, Michigan
Title:   Judge
Active:   2009-2020
Past position:   Judge, Michigan 55th District Court
Past term:   2005-2008
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Michigan State University
Law School:   Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  30th Circuit Court
Position:  Unopposed
State:  Michigan
Election information 2014:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Rosemarie Elizabeth Aquilina is a judge for the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County, Michigan. She was elected to the court on November 4, 2008, and assumed office on January 1, 2009.[1][2] Aquilina was re-elected to the court on November 4, 2014, for another six-year term commencing on January 1, 2015, and expiring on December 31, 2020.[3]



See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2014
Aquilina ran for re-election to the 30th Circuit Court.
General: She was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


Aquilina received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her J.D. degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.[4]


Aquilina worked as an attorney for sixteen years prior to her judicial career, specializing in divorce and custody, family, and probate law. She was elected to the 55th District Court in November 2004. Aquilina served there as chief judge until her election to the 30th Circuit Court in 2008.[5][6]

Notable cases

Judge rules Detroit's bankruptcy attempt is illegal

Aquilina ruled on July 19, 2013, that Detroit's petition for bankruptcy was illegal because of its potential impact on pension funds. The judge, at the request of city workers, attempted to place a temporary restraining order to stop the bankruptcy filing on the 18th. However, minutes before she was able to do so, Governor Rick Snyder filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, and the case went under federal jurisdiction.[7][8] Aquilina, herself, believed that the case belonged in state court and argued that "these are state issues. We're dealing with the state constitution and an emergency manager who is a product of the state legislation...there's been a violation of constitution. I don't believe the constitution should be made of swiss cheese."[9]

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