Michigan Supreme Court elections
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.
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.
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:
See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2012
See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2010
Election results are from Michigan Secretary of State, 2008 General Election Results: Supreme Court.