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The Merit Performance Award Program

Each year, the Unified Court System seeks to recognize those employees who have distinguished themselves by exceptional acts of heroism, outstanding performance in the workplace, community service and educational efforts. The Merit Performance Award Program honors individuals who have met the highest standards of public service.

Nominations can be submitted online at

Learn more about past honorees.

The Merit Performance Award Program honors non-judicial members of the Unified Court System (UCS) workforce who have dedicated their lives to public service.

Unified Court System employees, members of the bar, community and civic groups, and members of the public are invited and encouraged to nominate UCS employees in any of the following four categories for special recognition:

Heroism: Employees who have performed acts of heroism in the courts or the community

Outstanding Performance in the Workplace: Employees who are outstanding because of their sustained superior work performance, courtesy toward co-workers and the public, initiative or creativity

Community Service and Humanitarian Pursuits: Employees who have especially benefited the community in which they live through their involvement in community service or humanitarian pursuits

Outstanding Educational Efforts: Employees who have made substantial contributions in educating youth or the community about the law and our courts

Awards: Merit Performance Award recipients are recognized in a ceremony on Law Day at the Court of Appeals.

Learn More About the Award Winners: