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Judicial Council Announces 2023 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Council also recognizes recipient of the Aranda Access to Justice Award.

The Judicial Council of California selected two recipients of its 2023 Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes people and organizations for their extraordinary leadership and contributions to the administration of justice in California:

Hon. Presiding Justice Lee Smalley Edmon, Presiding Justice - Second Appellate District, Division 3

Hon. Marsha Slough (ret.), Associate Justice - Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Two 

The Aranda Access to Justice Award, co-sponsored by the Judicial Council, will be awarded to Judge Mark A. Juhas, Superior Court of Los Angeles County. 

“These court leaders have made an impact far beyond their own courtrooms to create lasting legacies throughout the judicial branch. Their commitment to upholding our mission of diversity and inclusivity, and fair and equal access to justice has set a remarkable standard for all to follow," Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero.

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For a list of past recipients, visit Distinguished Service Award recipients 1993–2022. The annual nomination cycle typically begins between May and June. 

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