Sherri R. Carter, Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Officer and Clerk of Court, is the recipient of the 2016 National Center for State Courts Distinguished Service Award, one of the highest awards presented by the NCSC. The award is given annually to people who have made valuable contributions to the justice system.

Ms. Carter has served on several statewide committees, including the Judicial Council’s Trial Court Budget Working Group, and has helped draft and present recommendations for the council on topics related to the judicial branch budget.

In announcing the award, NCSC President Mary C. McQueen said, “Sherri Carter’s contributions to the justice system are felt nationally as well as in California. Most recently, she has played an integral role in helping to reduce delays and costs in the country’s civil justice system.” 

Ms. Carter has served in her current role since 2013. Before joining the court’s executive team, she was the court executive officer for Riverside Superior Court for five years. Prior to that, she served as the executive and clerk of court for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for over a decade.

She is also the only trial court administrator on the Civil Justice Improvements Initiative Committee, a national committee that studies the civil justice system and develops recommendations to make civil justice more accessible to the public. 

“We are truly privileged to have Sherri Carter’s many talents devoted to the service of our Court,” said Presiding Judge Carolyn Kuhl. “The honor and recognition is well-deserved.”

The NCSC will honor her with the award at the National Association for Court Management Annual Conference on July 11 in Pittsburgh, Pa.