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State of Michigan

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Michigan

Campaign Oversight

In response to complaints about the campaign practices of some candidates in the 1996 elections, the State Bar of Michigan implemented a pilot program for the 1998 elections known as the 1998 Michigan Judicial Election Campaign Conduct program. Candidates who chose to participate in the program were asked to sign an agreement that they would comply with all ethics rules for campaign conduct. Five-member judicial election panels were established throughout the state to receive complaints about judicial campaign conduct, investigate complaints, and issue rulings. If candidates did not cease unethical conduct as requested, panels could issue public statements, refer complaints to the attorney grievance commission or the judicial tenure commission, and/or take other appropriate action. The bar supported continuation of the program for future elections, but it was not continued.