Rule 9.201 Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter otherwise requires

(A) “commission” means the Judicial Tenure Commission;

(B) “judge” means:

(1) a person who is serving as a judge of an appellate or trial court by virtue of election, appointment, or assignment;

(2) a magistrate or a referee; or

(3) a person who formerly held such office and is named in a request for investigation that was filed during the person’s tenure, except that with respect to conduct that is related to the office, it is not necessary that the request for investigation be filed during the person’s tenure; nothing in this paragraph deprives the attorney grievance commission of its authority to proceed against a former judge;

(C) “respondent” is a judge against whom a complaint has been filed;

(D) “chairperson” is the commission chairperson and includes the acting chairperson;

(E) “master” means one or more judges or former judges appointed by the Supreme Court at the commission’s request to hold hearings on a complaint against a judge filed by the commission;

(F) “examiner” means the executive director or equivalent staff member or other attorney appointed by the commission to present evidence at a hearing before a master or the commission, or in proceedings in the Supreme Court;

(G) “request for investigation” is an allegation of judicial misconduct, physical or mental disability, or other circumstance that the commission may undertake to investigate under Const 1963, art 6, § 30, and MCR 9.207;

(H) “complaint” is a written document filed at the direction of the commission, recommending action against a judge and alleging specific charges of misconduct in office, mental or physical disability, or some other ground that warrants commission action under Const 1963, art 6, § 30.