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Distinguished Service Awards

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, Judge of the Year Award, Administration of Justice Award, and Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award.

2020 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Presiding Judges of Arizona

Chief Justice Robert Brutinel with Outstanding Contributions to the Arizona Courts recipients, the 2020 Superior Court Presiding Judges.



Chief Justice Robert Brutinel and Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer with Judge of the Year Award recipient, Judge Diane Johnsen (ret.).

Administration of Justice

Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel, Administrative Director Dave Byers with Administration of Justice Award recipient Karl Heckart, Chief Information Officer, Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts.


Nancy Tribbensee


Pro Bono Service Award winner for 2020

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2021 Distinguished Service Award Recipients

Chief Justices Award

Chief Justice Robert Brutinel with Outstanding Contributions to the Arizona Courts Award recipient, Eileen Bond.

Judge of the Year

Chief Justice Robert Brutinel and Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer with Judge of the Year Award recipient, Judge Samuel A. Thumma, Arizona Court of Appeals Division One.

Administration of Justice

Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel and Director Dave Byers with Administration of Justice Award recipient, Virlynn Tinnell (ret.) Clerk of Mohave County Superior Court.

Pro Bono

Vice Chief Justice Ann A. Scott Timmer, Director Dave Byers and Chief Justice Robert Brutinel with Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award recipient, Donald W. Powell.