Distinguished Service Award

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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.

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

To see past recipients, visit Distinguished Service Award recipients 1993–2015.

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