The CJA Awards celebrate organisations and individuals who have made a marked contribution to

  • Effectiveness
  • Fairness
  • New models of delivery

anywhere across the criminal justice pathway from policing to prisons and probation.

The 2017 Awards – generously supported by the Hadley Trust – will give prizes of £4,000 and £2,000 to two organisations and £1,000 to an individual to support the area of their work. Entrants must have worked in their field for at least two years. This year’s judges include Frances Gibb, Legal Editor of The Times, and Eva Hamilton MBE, Founder and CEO of Key4Life.

A further award (with no cash prize but a trophy) will be given to a print, online or broadcast journalist (or journalists) who has made a notable contribution to a better understanding of criminal justice in the last 12 months. There will also be a Lifetime Award.



Nominations for the three Prize Awards may be made by organisations or individuals themselves or by third parties. Entries must be made by Friday 22 September (for full details see below). A sifting panel of CJA staff and trustees will prepare shortlists for the judges by 26 September. The panel is responsible for both nominating and shortlisting the Journalism Award. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in central London on Thursday 9 November.



In order to nominate your organisation, yourself or another organisation or individual, you need to provide:

  1. The full name and online and postal contact addresses (not for publication in the case of individual nominees) of your nominee. Your own online, telephone and postal contact address (not for publication) if you’re a third party nominator.
  2. A citation (of up to 500 words) explaining how the work of the nominated organisation or individual has contributed significantly to the promotion of effectiveness, fairness or new models of delivery at some point in the criminal justice pathway during the last year. Please try and give as clear a picture as you can of what specific impact the organisation or individual has had. Are there any measurable outcomes from the activity involved? Please try to explain for us what’s special about the work involved?
  3. An explanation (of up to 100 words) if you’re nominating your own organisation or yourself of how you would spend the £4,000 prize, if successful.
  4. Two references (of up to 300 words each) supporting the nomination and confirming that the work cited has continued for at least two years. These must each be accompanied by an online, telephone and postal contact address (not for publication).

You must send all the information above by email to by Friday 22 September 2017.



If you have any other enquiries about the CJA Awards 2017 or about how to enter please email or call us on 0203 176 1153.