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National Center for State Courts to Honor Sherri Carter


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Los Angeles Superior Court Executive Officer/Clerk Sherri R. Carter will be honored next week by the National Center for the State Courts with its 2016 NCSC Distinguished Service Award.

Presiding Judge Carolyn Kuhl informed the court’s judicial officers of the honor in an email late Wednesday. The award, she explained, “is presented annually to persons who have made significant contributions to the justice system.”

This year’s presentation will take place Monday at the National Association for Court Management Annual Conference on July 11 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

NCSC President Mary C. McQueen said in a statement:

“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.” 

Kuhl noted that Carter is the only trial court administrator on the Civil Justice Improvements Initiative Committee appointed by the Conference of Chief Justices.  The committee’s charge is to study the civil justice system and to formulate recommendations for making civil justice more accessible to the public. 

The presiding judge called the award “well-deserved” and said the court is “truly privileged to have [Carter’s] many talents devoted to the service of our Court.”

Carter has been the court’s top executive since 2013, having come from the Riverside Superior Court, where she had held the same position since 2008.

Before that, she served for over 10 years as court executive and clerk of court for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

Carter began her career as a deputy court clerk in Provo, Utah in 1977. She held executive positions in the Utah trial courts between 1978 and 1983, before joining the federal district court in Los Angeles as director of office operations and eventually chief deputy clerk.

She left the court between 1989 and 1992 to pursue a college education, graduating from UC Riverside with a degree in business administration, ranking fifth in her class. She was named court executive and clerk for the Central District in 1996 and held that position until she took the position in Riverside.

She has served on numerous state and national committees and task forces in the judicial system, including the Technology Planning Task Force for the state courts. She was also involved in court management reviews in the Philippines and the Marshall Islands.


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