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 www.nycourts.gov/meritaward
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
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 benefitted 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
Nominations are valid for two award years.
Selection Process: A Committee chaired by the Administrative Director of the Office of Court Administration reviews the nominations and makes recommendations to the Chief Administrative Judge for review and final selection. Once the honorees are selected, the Program Coordinator notifies each individual and his or her court or agency of the award.
Award: Each Merit Performance Award recipient is recognized in a ceremony on Law Day at the Court of Appeals. A press release is issued to local media.
Learn More About the Award Winners: