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State of Michigan

Methods of Judicial Selection: Michigan

Removal of Judges

Michigan judges may be removed in one of three ways:
  • Judges may be impeached by a majority vote of the house of representatives and convicted by a two-thirds vote of the senate. 
  • The governor may remove a judge upon the concurrent resolution of two thirds of the members of both houses of the legislature.
  • On the recommendation of the judicial tenure commission, the supreme court may censure, suspend, retire, or remove a judge.   However, the Judicial Tenure Commission cannot deal with Supreme Court Justices.  There is currently no mechanism to deal with misbehavior by Supreme Court Jusices.