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What are the CJA Awards?

The CJA Awards 2022

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We are delighted to be hosting the CJA Awards 2022 in November, in Birmingham. The CJA Awards ceremony is invite-only, so make sure to nominate yourself or someone else for the opportunity to attend and win!

CJA Awards 2022 Nomination Application

The CJA Awards, generously supported by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, celebrate the outstanding individuals and organisations working to make the criminal justice system fairer and more effective.

What are the CJA Awards?

Criteria for the CJA Awards 2022

The work of nominees for the CJA Awards must be focused on criminal justice, such as crime prevention, diversion, policing, courts, victim services, restorative justice, prisons and probation.


The CJA Sector Awards Criteria

Contribution to a fairer and more effective criminal justice system

  • Delivers services which improve outcomes for people impacted by the criminal justice system and/or focuses on producing systemic change. This may include: training others, working with the media, campaigning, influencing policy or practice.

Demonstration of impact

  • Able to refer to examples of the impact of their work on a fairer and more effective criminal justice system.

Usefulness of prize

  • Describes a valuable and meaningful way in which the prize money would be spent, through improving their own work and/or the criminal justice system.


The CJA Media Awards Criteria

Original content

  • Demonstrates originality and relevance, including ‘hidden’ voices and issues. 
  • It must show what works, not just what is broken.  

Challenges perceptions

  • Challenges myths and avoids stereotypes, clichés, negative terminology and sensationalism.  
  • Encourages dialogue and discussion.  

Well-crafted and responsibly sourced

  • Must be well researched, accurate and based on evidence with credible sources.  
  • Engaging, persuasive and appropriate for the audience for which it was intended.  

Safe and sensitive

  • Portrays individuals’ experiences authentically, humanely and sensitively.  
  • Sets individuals’ experiences within a wider social policy context. 

 Reach and impact

  • Influences and inspires people to think differently, care about the issue and take positive action. 
  • Consideration will be given to the audience reached in terms of number and / or a demographic likely to be less well informed about criminal justice and/or those who are able to make positive change in the system and/or those who are affected by the criminal justice system.