|Current Court Information:|
|6th Circuit Court, Michigan|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jennifer Granholm|
|Preceded by:||Gene Schnelz|
|Past post:||Associate attorney, Weiner & Cox P.L.C.|
|Past post 2:||Associate attorney, Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz P.C.|
|Past term 2:||2000-2004|
|Undergraduate:||University of Michigan, 1993|
|Law School:||University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, 1996|
|Candidate for:||6th Circuit Court|
|Election information 2014:|
Shalina Kumar is a judge for the 6th Circuit Court in Oakland County, Michigan. She was appointed to the court by former Governor Jennifer Granholm on August 20, 2007, to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gene Schnelz. Kumar was then elected to the court in 2008 and re-elected in 2014. Her current six-year term expires on December 31, 2020.
- See also: Michigan judicial elections, 2014
| Kumar ran for re-election to the 6th Circuit Court.
General: She was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.
- 2007-2020: Judge, 6th Circuit Court
- 2004-2007: Associate attorney, Weiner & Cox P.L.C.
- 2000-2004: Associate attorney, Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz P.C.
- 1997-2000: Attorney in private practice 
Awards and associations
- Member, Oakland County Bar Association
- Member, Michigan Association for Justice
- Member, Federal Bar Association 
Kumar sentences two men to life in prison
Kumar sentenced two young men, Tucker Cipriano, 21, and Mitchell Young, 20, to mandatory life in prison for the murder of Cipriano's father, Robert Cipriano. On April 16, 2012, both men entered the Cipriano home in search of money for drugs and, armed with aluminum baseball bats, attacked Robert Cipriano, his wife Rose, and his son Salvatore. Robert died during the attack and both Rose and Salvatore were severely injured. Two other children in the home escaped injury by hiding in the upstairs bedrooms. During the trial, Young and Cipriano accused each other of masterminding the plan. Young denied the crime, maintaining his innocence. Tucker Cipriano, who was adopted, asked for forgiveness and tearfully apologized to his siblings and the rest of the Cipriano family. Judge Kumar, while acknowledging Cipriano's abandonment by his birth mother, mental issues, and drug dependency, addressed him directly, stating: "Others fight through...[w]ith all the support you had, and all the love you had, you threw it away."
Kumar's decision reversed on legislative recall
Although Judge Shalina Kumar determined that ballot language to recall Representative Marie Donigan, D-Royal Oak, from office was unclear, a three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in May 2008 that the language is clear enough to go before voters in November 2008. According to Crain's Detroit Business, "Donigan and House Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford Township, are among several legislators targeted for recall because they voted to increase the state income tax and a services tax or both in 2007 to help the state balance its budget."
- List of Michigan Circuit Courts
- Courts in Michigan
- Judicial selection in Michigan
- Oakland County, Michigan
- Oakland County, "The Honorable Shalina Kumar"
- Michigan Courts, "Trial Court Directory: Oakland County"
- Detroit Free Press, "2 Oakland County judges took days off for conference, but didn't go," October 16, 2013
- Michigan.gov: Former Governors, "Granholm Appoints Shalina Kumar Judge of 6th Circuit Court," August 20, 2007
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2008 Election Results: 6th Circuit," accessed December 18, 2014
- Michigan Secretary of State, "2014 Official Michigan Primary Candidate Listing," accessed July 9, 2014
- Oakland County, "Hon. Shalina Kumar," accessed December 18, 2014
- MLive.com, "Tucker Cipriano, Mitchell Young to spend life in prison for Farmington Hills baseball bat attack," July 25, 2013
- Detroit Free Press, "Tucker Cipriano gets emotional; Mitchell Young makes defiant speech at sentencing," July 24, 2013
- Crain's Detroit Business, "Recall drive wins round in court," May 19, 2008