Deborah Servitto

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Deborah Servitto
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Current Court Information:
Michigan Second District Court of Appeals
Title:   Judge
Position:   District 2
Alternative court:   Michigan Court of Claims
Salary:  $151,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Jennifer Granholm
Active:   2006-2019; 2013-2015
Preceded by:   Hilda Gage
Past post:   16th Circuit Court Judge
Past term:   1990-2006
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Oakland University, 1978
Law School:   Detroit College of Law, 1982
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Court of Appeals
State:  Michigan
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  11/6/2012
Election vote:  100%ApprovedA

Deborah A. Servitto is a judge on the Michigan Second District Court of Appeals. She was appointed to this position by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, effective March 23, 2006. She was then elected to a full six-year term the following November. She serves District 2, which includes the counties of Macomb, Oakland, Genesee and Shiawassee. Her current term expires January 1, 2019.[1]

On November 13, 2013, Servitto was appointed by the state Supreme Court to serve on the newly-created Michigan Court of Claims. This role is in addition to her appellate court duties. Her term on the Court of Claims ends May 1, 2015.[2][3]


Servitto received her B.A. degree in Political Science from Oakland University in 1978 and her Juris Doctor degree from the Detroit College of Law in 1982.[1]


Awards and associations

  • Implemented programs in the circuit court to help divorcing parents and their children and to treat drug-addicted felons.
  • Founding director of Care House, which provides for young victims of sexual and physical abuse
  • Named the March of Dimes Alexander Macomb Citizen of the Year in 1991
  • Columbus Day Committee Woman of the Year in 1996
  • 2001 Conflict Resolution Advocacy Award from the Macomb County Resolution Center
  • 2006 Community Leader Award from the Warren Family YMCA[1]

2012 election

Servitto was re-elected after running unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2012

Notable cases

Michigan imposes $36 million fine

In 2002 Judge Servitto issued a final order on an illegal dumping case, ruling in favor of the state of Michigan. In that ruling, she issued each defendant a $250,000 fine for each state law violation at each site. "The court order assesses fines of more than $36 million against 16 individuals and businesses for violating the state’s environmental laws at nine different sites in Wayne, Oakland, and Barry Counties. The state alleged that the defendants illegally dumped insulation, roofing materials, and other construction debris at sites they operated as unlicensed solid waste disposal facilities beginning as early as 1992. A six-week trial in the spring of 2001 found the defendants liable for operating the illegal dumping facilities and ordered them to clean up the sites. After the defendants failed to comply, Granholm asked the court to enter a final judgment."[6]

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