Distinguished Service Award

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2019 Award Winners

The Judicial Council announces the 2019 Distinguished Service Awards.

Presiding Justice Dennis M. Perluss Presiding Justice Dennis M. Perluss
California Court of Appeal
Second Appellate District, Division Seven
Judge Hilary A. Chittick (Photo: Howard K. Watkins) Judge Hilary A. Chittick
The Superior Court of California
County of Fresno

This award is to honor individuals, longtime branch partners, and organizations who, through their dedication to fair and equal access to justice, continue to advance the following strategic goals of the Judicial Council for the betterment of California’s judicial branch:

  • Access, fairness, and diversity;
  • Independence and accountability;
  • Modernization of management and administration;
  • Quality of justice and service to the public;
  • Education for branchwide professional excellence;
  • Branchwide infrastructure for service excellence; and
  • Adequate, stable, and predictable funding for a fully functioning branch.


For a list of past recipients, visit Distinguished Service Award recipients 1993–2018.

Note: Current Judicial Council members are not eligible to receive the Distinguished Service Award.