15th District Court Judge

Elizabeth Pollard Hines

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Elizabeth Pollard Hines 

Only one full term is on the ballot for 15th District Court judge and the incumbent, Elizabeth “Libby” Pollard Hines, is unopposed. She was first elected to the bench in 1992, and has served as chief judge during a portion of her tenure. If re-elected, this would be her fifth term as 15th District Court judge.

Hines led the formation of the Street Outreach Court, a unit of the 15th District Court that offers people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness an alternative resolution to Washtenaw County civil infractions and non-violent misdemeanor cases. She currently presides over traffic and criminal cases, including a specialized domestic violence docket. In 2012, the American Judges Association (AJA) created the Judge Elizabeth Hines Award, an annual award that honors judges who have pioneered new strategies to decrease incidents of domestic violence.

Before serving as judge, Hines spent 15 years as a Washtenaw County prosecutor. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1974 from the University of Michigan and a law degree from UM in 1977. Hines is an Ann Arbor resident.

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Elizabeth Pollard Hines:  In The News

Judge takes innovative approach to reaching the homelessWashtenaw Legal News, Jan. 28, 2016

Round 1 FY 2014: 15th District Court: Ann Arbor city council briefed on "problem-solving" courts that address: sobriety, homelessness, veterans issues, domestic violenceThe Ann Arbor Chronicle, Feb. 16, 2013

Judge Hines honored for commitmentWashtenaw Legal News, Dec. 20, 2012

Street Outreach Court assists homeless in A2Michigan Daily, Jan. 13, 2011

Lawmakers call for holistic approach to domestic-violence lawsThe Columbus Dispatch, Dec. 10, 2010

Q&A with Elizabeth “Libby” Hines on the Domestic Violence DocketCenter for Court Innovation, March 2009