A person may not be a candidate or be eligible for the office of judge of the Court of Appeals unless the person:
Has attained the age of 25 years.
Is an attorney licensed and admitted to practice law in the courts of this State at the time of the election or appointment.
Has been an attorney licensed and admitted to practice law in the courts of this State, another state or the District of Columbia for not less than 15 years at any time preceding the election or appointment, at least 2 years of which have been in this State.
Is a qualified elector and has been a bona fide resident of this State for 2 years next preceding the election or appointment.
Has not ever been removed from any judicial office by the Legislature or removed or retired from any judicial office by the Commission on Judicial Discipline.
For the purposes of this section, a person is eligible to be a candidate for the office of judge of the Court of Appeals if a decision to remove or retire the person from a judicial office is pending appeal before the Supreme Court or has been overturned by the Supreme Court.