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Rosemarie Elizabeth Aquilina
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Current Court Information:
30th Circuit Court, Michigan
Title:   Judge
Active:   2009-2015
Past position:   Michigan 55th District Court Judge
Past term:   2005-2008
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Michigan State University
Law School:   Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Rosemarie Elizabeth Aquilina is a judge for the 30th Circuit Court in Ingham County, Michigan. She was elected on November 4, 2008 (effective January 1st) for a 6 year term that ends on January 1, 2015.[1][2][3]


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


Aquilina worked as an attorney for 16 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 of 2004. She served there as Chief Judge until she was elected to the Circuit Court in 2008.[5][6]

Notable cases

Judge rules Detroit's bankruptcy attempt is illegal

July 19, 2013
Judge Rosemarie 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, Gov. Rick Snyder filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan. The case is now under federal jurisdiction and cannot be withdrawn. The state expects to win the appeal of Judge Aquilina's ruling.[7][8] A hearing on whether or not the bankruptcy filing violates Michigan's constitution is set for January 29, 2013. Judge Aquilina, herself, believes that the case belongs in state court and has 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]

See also

External links

Michigan Trial Courts Directory: Ingham County


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