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Judicial Branch Awards

The Arizona Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) honors those individuals, teams, and/or projects that have made extraordinary contributions to the administration of justice in Arizona.

In recognition of the excellence in Arizona's Court System, the AOC and the Arizona Supreme Court are now accepting nominations of individuals and/or projects that have met one of the five goals of the Court's Strategic Agenda. The awards are presented at the Court Leadership Conference held in October. 

Nominations are accepted for the following goals from the Court's Strategic Agenda, Justice for the Future: Planning for Excellence:

  • Promoting Access to Justice
  • Protecting Children, Families, and Communities
  • Promoting Judicial Branch Excellence and Innovation
  • Enhancing Professionalism within Arizona's Courts
  • Promoting Public Trust and Confidence

Congratulations to the 2023 Strategic Agenda Award Winners!


The Arizona Judicial Branch Distinguished Service Awards honor Individuals, projects, and teams who have made outstanding contributions to improving public trust and confidence in the Arizona courts system. The winners are honored at the annual judicial conference.

One award is presented in each of the following categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to the Arizona Courts Award
    (Selected by the Chief Justice)
  • Judge of the Year Award
    (Selected by all the Justices of the Supreme Court)
  • Administration of Justice Award
    (Selected by the Administrative Director of the Courts)
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award
    (Selected by all the Justices of the Supreme Court)