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2014 Arizona Judicial Branch Distinguished Service Awards

The Arizona Judicial Branch 2014 Distinguished Service Awards honor Individuals, projects, and teams who have made outstanding contributions to improving public trust and confidence in the Arizona courts system and in meeting the goals of Justice 2020 A Vision for the Future of the Arizona Judicial Branch 2010-2015. One award will be presented in each of the three following categories:

Chief Justice Award
Any individual, project, or team, whether or not they are within the Arizona Judicial Branch may be nominated for this award.  Nominees will have made an outstanding contribution to the courts by improving public trust and confidence in the Arizona court system; improving judicial administration; supporting the strategic initiatives of Justice 2020, or other demonstrated achievements in these areas.  Nominations may be for a specific project or effort, or for multiple projects or efforts.

The Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court will select the Chief Justice’s Outstanding Contribution to the Courts winner.

Judge of the Year
Any Arizona Judicial Branch judge nominated for this award will have accomplished outstanding achievements in improving public trust and confidence in the Arizona court system.  Achievements may include the judge’s judicial of administrative efforts in providing education or training; implementing projects or programs in the judge’s court or in other courts statewide that support the strategic initiatives of Justice 2020 or other demonstrated achievements in this area. Nominations may be for a specific project or effort, or for multiple projects or efforts throughout the judge’s career.

The Arizona Supreme Court Justices will select the Judge of the Year Award winner.

Administration of Justice Award
Any non-judge employee in the Arizona Judicial Branch may be nominated for this award. Nominated individuals will have accomplished an outstanding achievement in the administration of justice by improving services to those who use the Arizona court system including jurors, witnesses, litigants, attorneys, and defendants, including improving court facilities; enhancing services to pro se litigants; facilitating access to the courts; improving accountability; or, supporting the strategic initiatives of Justice 2020, or other demonstrated achievement in this area. Nominations may be for a specific project or effort, for multiple projects or efforts during the individual's career in court administration.

The Administrative Director of the Courts will select the Administration of Justice Award winner.

*Nominations are due Thursday, May 1, 2014. Please click here for nomination form and instructions.