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State of Michigan

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Michigan

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 7 of Michigan's code of judicial conduct, judicial candidates should not:
  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.

  • Knowingly, or with reckless disregard, use or participate in the use of any form of public communication that is false.

  • Personally solicit or accept campaign funds or solicit publicly stated support by improper use of the judicial office.

Candidates may establish committees to secure and manage campaign funds and obtain public statements of support. Committees are prohibited from soliciting contributions from lawyers in excess of $100 per lawyer. Committees may not solicit campaign funds earlier than February 15 of the year of the election and may not solicit or accept funds after the date of the general election.

In 2000, the Michigan Supreme Court struck down as overly broad a provision of the code of judicial conduct that barred judicial candidates from making misleading statements. In re Chmura, 608 N.W.2d 31 (Mich. 2001).