The CJA Awards celebrate outstanding organisations and individuals who have made a marked contribution towards a ‘Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System’ which is Safe, Smart, Person-Centred, Restorative and Trusted.

The 2019 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 their work.

We look forward to presenting the awards at a ceremony in central London on Friday 29 November.


How to enter / nominate:

Nominations may be made by organisations or individuals themselves or by CJA members. Organisations and individuals must be based in England & Wales. In order to nominate your organisation, yourself or another organisation or individual, you need to provide:

  1. Your full name, role, organisation and email address. If you’re nominating someone else, please also provide their full name, role, organisation and email address.
  2. A citation (of up to 500 words) explaining how the work of the nominated organisation or individual has contributed significantly to a fairer and more effective criminal justice system during the last year. Please refer to the CJA’s vision of a ‘Fair and Effective Criminal Justice System’. Please give as clear a picture as you can of what specific impact the organisation or individual has had. Please try to explain for us what’s special about the work involved?
  3. Please include an explanation (of up to 100 words) of how the prize money would be spent, if successful.
  4. Two references (of up to 300 words each) supporting the nomination. These must each be accompanied by the full name and email address of the referee.

You must send all the information above by email to by Friday 27 September 2019.


Judging Panel CJA Outstanding Organisation and Individual Award 2019:

  • Iqbal Wahib – Chair of EQUAL
  • Marie-Claire O’Brien – CJA Outstanding Individual 2019, Director of New Leaf Initiative CIC
  • Dame Vera Baird – Victims Commissioner
  • Babafemi Dada – Governor HMP Featherstone



If you have any other enquiries about the CJA Awards 2019 or about how to enter please email or call us on 0203 176 1153.


Privacy Notice: All personal information obtained from nominations will be held securely and used solely for the purpose of contacting you about the Awards. Your information will not be shared with outside parties.