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.