Thank you for taking time to make a nomination for the distinguished Aranda Award. Presented for the first time in 1999, the Aranda Award honors a judge who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving access to our courts, and who has significantly improved access for low-and moderate-income Californians. The Judicial Council, the CLA, and the California Judges Association, in association with the California Commission on Access to Justice, co-sponsor the award. The Aranda Award is named in honor of the late Judge Benjamin Aranda III, who was known for his tireless efforts to promote fairness and access in the courts.   

We encourage you to provide us with as much detail and information about the nominee as you can. Please tell us why you feel they are special and would be an outstanding recipient of the Aranda Award.

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Award Criteria

Criteria to be used in the selection of the award recipient include one or more of the following:
  • Demonstrated dedication to improving access to our judicial system for low and moderate income Californians;
  • Demonstrated commitment to increasing the involvement of volunteer attorneys in the representation of the indigent;
  • Successful establishment of a model system for providing assistance to self-represented litigants;
  • Successful establishment of a model cooperative effort with local legal services programs or bar associations designed to improve available representation for low or moderate income litigants; or
  • Other significant activities demonstrating a long-term commitment to improving the accessibility of our judicial system for all Californians, regardless of income.

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