Harry L. Carrico Award for Judicial Innovation

The award is named after Chief Justice Harry L. Carrico, who served as a justice on the Virginia Supreme Court for 42 years and as Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of Virginia for 22 years until his retirement in 2003.

Chief Justice Carrico participated in the founding of the NCSC in Williamsburg, Va., in 1971, and in the ground-breaking for the NCSC headquarters in Williamsburg in 1976, and served on the NCSC Board of Directors from 1987 to 1990, serving as Chair of the Board in 1989-1990.

The Award was created by the Board of Directors of the NCSC in appreciation for Chief Justice Carrico’s lifelong commitment to the NCSC and its mission to improve the administration of justice. This Award honors a sitting state chief justice, or a sitting justice who has served as a chief justice within one year preceding selection, who has inspired, sponsored, promoted, or led an innovation or accomplishment of national significance in the field of judicial administration.