Distinguished Service Award

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Portrait of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-SakauyeChief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye invites nominations for this year's Distinguished Service Award. 

Invitation | Nomination

The nomination period will close at 5PM on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

2017 Judicial Council Distinguished Service Awards

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest award presented by the Judicial Council of California. The award honors California judicial branch members; federal, state, or local justice partners; or individuals for their extraordinary dedication, outstanding leadership, and significant contributions to advancing the council's strategic goals for the 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 1993–2017.

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