The judges on the Court of Appeals are elected from four separate geographical districts. The Court’s current judges sit in panels of three to decide cases and rotate statewide among panels. The judges also rotate among the three courtroom locations (Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids). A decision of any panel of judges is controlling statewide and is reviewable by the Michigan Supreme Court by leave application.
The chief judge is responsible for the administration and operation of the Court. A chief judge pro tem is selected by the chief judge.