Michigan Supreme Court Decisions

Seven justices serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, which focuses on reviewing decisions in the Michigan Court of Appeals. The Court oversees all of the lower courts in the state judicial system, and it has created the Michigan Rules of Court to govern their operation. It also has jurisdiction over cases involving alleged judicial misconduct. In some unusual situations, such as bypass appeals, the Court may hold original jurisdiction.

To serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, a candidate must be younger than 70, which is the mandatory retirement age in Michigan. They also must have been licensed to practice law in Michigan for at least five years. Each justice serves an eight-year term. They are elected in non-partisan elections, which means that their party affiliation does not appear on the ballot. The justices elect one of their members to serve as the Chief Justice every two years. If a seat becomes vacant before the end of a justice’s term, the Governor of Michigan will appoint a temporary justice to fill that seat. Their tenure will last until the next general election, when they must win an election to stay on the Court.

A justice may be removed from the Michigan Supreme Court through an impeachment process. This requires a majority vote by the Michigan House of Representatives and a two-thirds vote of conviction by the Michigan Senate. In other cases, the Governor may remove a justice from the Court based on a concurrent resolution by two-thirds of the members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. In contrast to many states, a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court may not be removed based on a recommendation by the Judicial Tenure Commission. Only judges in lower courts may be removed in this manner.

Browse Opinions From the Michigan Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan v. Hinton (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: August 16, 2022
Docket Numbers: 162374, 162355, 162354

Justia Opinion Summary: Kino Christian, Joshun Edwards, and C’Quan Hinton were convicted by jury of murder in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison. Defendants’ direct appeals were unsuccessful. In 2014, Edwards’s family filed a request under…

Michigan v. Taylor (Opinion on Application - Remand to CoA)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 154994

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Taylor was convicted by jury of first degree felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, kidnapping conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.…

Michigan v. Boykin (Opinion on Application - Remand to CoA)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Numbers: 157738, 158695

Justia Opinion Summary: In case no. 157738, Demariol Boykin was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony (felony- firearm). He was initially sentenced to a mandatory term of life…

Michigan v. Parks (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162086

Justia Opinion Summary: Kemo Parks was convicted by jury for first-degree premeditated-murder. Parks was 18 years old when he aided and abetted in the murder. Parks argued that his sentence was cruel and/or unusual punishment under both the…

Michigan v. Stovall (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162425

Justia Opinion Summary: Montez Stovall was convicted by jury for second-degree murder, a crime committed when he was a juvenile. Stovall argued that his sentence was cruel and/or unusual punishment under both the United States and Michigan…

Rouch World LLC v. Department Of Civil Rights (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162482

Justia Opinion Summary: Rouch World, LLC, and Uprooted Electrolysis, LLC, brought an action before the Michigan Court of Claims against the Department of Civil Rights and its director, seeking, among other relief, a declaratory judgment that…

Jordan v. Dep’t. of Health & Human Servs. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 28, 2022
Docket Number: 162485

Justia Opinion Summary: Helen Jordan, a nurse who was formerly employed by the predecessor to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, challenged in the Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission (MCAC) the decision of a magistrate…

Michigan v. Beck (Opinion on Application - Partial Affirm)  
Date: July 27, 2022
Docket Number: 160668

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2016, defendant James Beck was charged relating to allegations that he sexually assaulted his minor daughter, TG (first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC-I), and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct…

Bauserman v. Unemployment Insurance Agency (Opinion on Application - Affirm CoA)  
Date: July 26, 2022
Docket Number: 160813

Justia Opinion Summary: Grant Bauserman, Karl Williams, and Teddy Broe, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, brought a putative class action in the Michigan Court of Claims against the Unemployment Insurance Agency,…

Michigan v. Lucynski (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 26, 2022
Docket Number: 162833

Justia Opinion Summary: David Lucynski was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI); driving with a suspended license; and operating a vehicle with an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. The officer in this case claimed…

Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance v. Saugatuck Twp. (Opinion on Application - Remand to TC)  
Date: July 22, 2022
Docket Number: 160358

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance, argued that lower courts erred when they found that the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (MZEA) denied it standing to appeal the decisions of the Saugatuck Township Planning…

Johnson v. Vanderkooi (Opinion - Leave Granted)  
Date: July 22, 2022
Docket Number: 160958

Justia Opinion Summary: This was the second time these consolidated cases went before the Michigan Supreme Court. Previously, the Court considered whether a decades-long procedure used by the Grand Rapids Police Department (the GRPD) was a…

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