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
Demonstrates originality and relevance, including ‘hidden’ voices and issues.
It must show what works, not just what is broken.
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.
See photos from our previous in-person CJA Awards here.