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Hon. Brock A. Swartzle
Michigan Court of Appeals

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Excerpt from Investiture Speech by Hon. Brock A. Swartzle
Michigan Court of Appeals (May 18, 2017)

“I’ve attended enough of these ceremonies to know that I am supposed to explain my judicial philosophy or, in other words, what kind of Judge I intend to be. I will do that, but my comments will be brief, because I’d rather talk about another matter. Briefly, I intend:

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    “To be a judge who is blind to the parties before the bench, one who favors not the plaintiff, not the defendant, not the prosecutor, not the criminal defendant, not the government, not the corporation, not the individual, but a judge who focuses solely on the facts and the law.

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    “To be a judge who remembers that, for the parties before the bench, the lawsuit is one of the most significant events in that person’s lifetime, and to be a judge who treats each case with the gravity it deserves.

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    “To be a judge who remembers that our court represents only part of 1/3 of the government, and to be a judge who respects and defers to the proper roles of the Legislative and Executive Branches, as well as the proper roles of our state’s trial courts and Supreme Court.

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    “To be a judge who respects the Federal Government, but who also remembers that the State of Michigan is a separate sovereign, and that we are deserving of equal respect from our federal counterparts.

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    “To be a judge who respects his colleagues, who offers to help his colleagues whenever possible, who offers a friendly comment, and who, when disagreeing with colleagues, does so with grace.

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    “Finally, I intend to be a judge who does his level best, each and every day, to achieve practical justice in every single case, but a judge who also understands that perfect justice is our North Star rather than our regular port.

“We must always remember that as Judges and Justices, we represent only one-third of our state government, and it is not our job to order around the other two-thirds on a whim. We must always safeguard the balance of power between the three branches to prevent overreach and abuse, as our framers intended. And, most importantly, we must always interpret and apply the law as written, not as we might have written it ourselves were we philosopher-kings.”

Brock Swartzle

“Michigan has a venerable tradition of Supreme Court Justices following the rule of law, interpreting the law as it is written, and not seeking to rewrite those laws from the bench. No one has upheld that tradition more consistently and with greater integrity than Justice Markman, and I would be honored to carry on his work with the other Justices on the Court.”

Brock Swartzle

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