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Justices of the Michigan Supreme Court are elected to 8 year terms in a partisan nomination followed by a non-partisan election. Candidates who want to challenge incumbent justices or run for open seats on the supreme court must be nominated at party conventions or by a nominating petition. All incumbent justices can file an affidavit of candidacy, thus asking to be placed on the ballot. Candidates for any other courts are nominated in the nonpartisan primary elections or by a nominating petition. Incumbent judges can also file an affidavit of candidacy. All candidates appear without party affiliation on the general election ballot, with incumbent judges designated as such.[1]

If a vacancy on the court occurs, gubernatorial appointment is required. The standing committee on judicial qualifications of the State Bar of Michigan must interview, evaluate, and rate all candidates for appointment to judicial vacancies as is requested by the governor. The State Bar must then submit a confidential report to the governor.[1]

The chief justice of the court serves a two year term and is elected by the other justices.

In order to join the court, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • be a qualified elector;
  • be licensed to practice law in state;
  • have 5 yrs practice of law;
  • be less than 70 yrs of age[1]
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See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2012

CandidateIncumbencyPrimary VoteElection Vote
RoddisBob Roddis    No2.79%   DefeatedD
McCormackBridget Mary McCormack   ApprovedANo23.59%   ApprovedA
O'BrienColleen O'Brien    No21.42%   DefeatedD
KelleyConnie Marie Kelley    No21.61%   DefeatedD
DernDoug Dern    No3.38%   DefeatedD
MorganKerry L. Morgan    No4.07%   DefeatedD
MarkmanStephen Markman   ApprovedAYes23.1%   ApprovedA

Candidate Incumbent SeatPartyElection votes Election %
Diane Hathaway ApprovedA No Taylor SeatDemocratic1,852,950 49.3%
Clifford Taylor Yes Taylor SeatRepublican1,483,668 39.4%
Robert Roddis No Taylor SeatLibertarian420,823 11.1%

Election results are from Michigan Secretary of State, 2008 General Election Results: Supreme Court.

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