Court Innovations—Kleps Awards

Ralph N. Kleps Award Program Postponed

Posted May 09, 2012
The 2012-2013 Kleps Award cycle has been postponed. This will allow the Judicial Council to assess the available resources that will be available for this and other programs next year and make any changes that might be necessary. For more information, contact:

From 1991–2012, the Ralph N. Kleps Award for Improvement in the Administration of the Courts recognized innovators committed to improving access to justice by solving common problems. The program grew in popularity since its inception in 1991. But in 2012, with the California courts in a fiscal crisis that led to a reduction in staff, the program was indefinitely put on hold.

Dozens of Kleps-award-winning programs are still active in California's appellate and trial courts. These programs were started by a person or a group of people who saw an issue and resolved it. Some of these programs, including the JusticeCorps program initiated by the Los Angeles Superior Court, have expanded statewide.

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Innovations in the California Courts
Profiles of 2010-2011 Ralph N. Kleps Award recipients are highlighted in this online publication. The resource includes a retrospective of the 20th anniversary of the Kleps Award program, as well as a look at statewide initiatives. Use the Table of Contents to view the publication online or download the publication (10MB). To request a printed copy, e-mail

To learn more about the Kleps Award, click on the following links: