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Each year we invite print and broadcast journalists throughout Ireland to take part in the Law Society’s Justice Media Awards.

Entries are open for the 2018 Justice Media Awards - apply now.

President Michael Quinlan

The awards recognise outstanding print and broadcast journalism that contributes to the public’s understanding of justice, the legal system and legal issues. They have been in existence since 1991 and are the longest continuously-running media awards in Ireland.

The 2018 Justice Media Awards lunch and presentations will take place at Blackhall Place, Dublin on Thursday 21 June 2018. This year, we have revamped the Awards and developed new categories.

Important dates for the 2018 Justice Media Awards:

  • Applicable period for entries: 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018
  • Closing date for entries: Wednesday 4 April 2018 at 5pm

Michael Quinlan

President, Law Society of Ireland

About the Awards

The Justice Media Awards have been in existence since 1991 and are the longest continuously-running media awards in Ireland. They have grown from strength to strength in that time, with a record-breaking number of entries for the 2017 Awards.

Guidelines

The objective of the awards is to give national recognition to published works or broadcasts which follow certain guidelines:

  • Promote the highest standards in legal journalism
  • Foster greater public understanding of the law, the legal system or any specific legal issue
  • Inform and educate citizens as to the roles in society of the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies and the legal profession
  • Disclose practices or procedures needing reform so as to encourage the development and modernisation of Irish laws, courts and law enforcement agencies, and/or
  • Assist the legal profession, the judiciary, and all others involved in the administration of justice in attaining the highest professional standards.

For more information, or to apply, see 'How to Enter'.

How to Enter

The 2018 Justice Media Awards will take place on Thursday 21 June. See below for information on how to apply.

Application process

The application form is a fillable pdf - please download and save the blank form to your desktop or mobile device before you complete it. Adobe Reader is the only program that will allow you to save the form properly. 

All entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and a 150-word summary of the entry and its impact. Depending on the category, you will also need to send the relevant files as per the guidelines:

  • articles in pdf or word
  • audio/video via 'we transfer' to awards@lawsociety.ie or by post on a USB drive
  • for category 12, also submit a sample of your work.

Deadline

The closing date for entries is Wednesday 4 April 2018 at 5pm.

The applicable dates for entries is 1 March 2017 – 28 February 2018.

Contact Details

Please address all entries to: Justice Media Awards, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. Eircode: D07 VY24.

Tel: Kathy McKenna on (01) 672 4915

Email: Send queries about the awards or application process to awards@lawsociety.ie.  

Award categories

As part of the evolution of the Justice Media Awards, the categories have been reviewed and refreshed for 2018 to ensure they continue to reflect the modern Irish media landscape.

List of categories

Choose from the following categories to submit your entry:

  1. Print/online journalism (daily)
    Outstanding legal journalism published in daily national newspapers (excluding Sunday papers) and on national news websites.
  2. Print/online journalism (Sunday)
    Outstanding legal journalism published in Sunday newspapers or on national news websites on Sundays. These are usually, but not necessarily, long-form pieces.
  3. Print/online journalism (local)
    Outstanding legal journalism published in local newspapers or on local news websites.
  4. Broadcast journalism (radio/podcast – national)
    Outstanding legal journalism broadcast on national radio stations or on national podcasts. This can be in various forms including news reports, current affairs programmes, documentaries, etc.
  5. Broadcast journalism (radio/podcast – local)
    Outstanding legal journalism (excluding court reporting) broadcast on local radio stations or on locally-focused podcasts. This can be in various forms including news reports, current affairs programmes, documentaries, etc.
  6. Broadcast journalism (TV/video)
    Outstanding legal journalism (excluding court reporting) broadcast on television or online in video format. This can be in various forms including news reports, current affairs programmes, documentaries, etc.
  7. Court reporting (print/online)
    This category is for outstanding court reporting published in national and/or local newspapers or on national and/or local news websites.
  8. Court reporting (broadcast)
    Outstanding court reporting broadcast on television or on national and/or local radio stations and podcasts.
  9. Human rights/social justice reporting (all channels)
    Outstanding journalism on human rights and/or social justice issues across all platforms, both national and local.
  10. International justice reporting (all channels)
    Outstanding international legal journalism, falling under one of the following categories:
    • an Irish-based journalist reporting on a legal story happening abroad and published/broadcast by an Irish news outlet;
    • a foreign-based journalist reporting on a legal story happening abroad and published/broadcast by an Irish news outlet; or
    • coverage of an Irish legal story by a publisher/broadcaster/website which is not based in Ireland.
  11. Best headline/caption (print/online)
    Best headline or caption accompanying a print or online story or picture related to law, the legal system, or issues of justice and fairness.
  12. Newcomer of the year (all channels)
    This category is to recognise outstanding legal journalism across all platforms by a reporter who has been working full time in a journalistic role for three years or less.

If you have any queries about the categories, please email awards@lawsociety.ie.

The Small Print

The Law Society's Adjudication Committee of the Justice Media Awards will choose winning entries based on a range of criteria.

Judging

This criteria will include:

  • Highest standards in legal journalism
  • Information value and/or educational merit
  • Creativity
  • Thoroughness, and
  • Impact.

The Adjudication Committee may, or may not, elect to present Justice Media Awards or Merit Certificates in each category. The number of awards made will be at the discretion of the committee. Principal factors when judging will be:

  • The value of the entry in promoting the objectives outlined under 'About the Awards',
  • The judging criteria listed above, and
  • Compliance with the rules of the competition.

No correspondence will be entered into in relation to judging criteria or judging decisions. The presentation of an award by the Law Society will not be contingent upon, and will not necessarily represent, an endorsement by the Law Society of winning entrants' views.

Eligibility

  • Any individual or media organisation that has published a newspaper article or has made a broadcast in Ireland is eligible to submit entries to the Justice Media Awards. There are exceptions - see 'Prohibitions' below.
  • Entries may relate to the work of the legislature, judiciary, legal profession, law enforcement agencies, penal institutions or to the law itself and may be  current, historical or futuristic.
  • Only materials originally published or broadcast during the period 1 March 2017 to 28 February 2018 will be considered. 
  • Entry is free but there is a limit of  three entries per journalist  (or team of journalists) in each category.  

Prohibitions

  • The submitted articles/broadcasts must be intended for the general public and not a particular audience with specialist knowledge.
  • The principal occupation of the author(s)/broadcaster(s) of entries in the respective categories must be one of the following: journalist, broadcaster or film-maker.
  • The competition is not open to legal publications primarily intended to be read by lawyers, or text books published for lawyers or law students.
  • Materials prepared by, or associated with, any member of staff of the Law Society or member of the Adjudication Committee of the Justice Media Awards are ineligible.
  • Entries may be disqualified if they do not comply with the rules governing the form of submission of entries.

Award winners

Our sincere congratulations to all Award and Merit winners.

View details of the winners and citations from previous awards.

2017

The Justice Media Awards 2017 were presented on Thursday 22 June 2017 by President of the Law Society Stuart Gilhooly and Director General Ken Murphy at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. View details of the 2017 winners.

See photos of the event in the 2017 gallery.

2016

The Justice Media Awards 2016 were presented on Thursday 23 June 2016 by President of the Law Society Simon Murphy and Director General Ken Murphy at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. View details of the 2016 winners.

See photos of the event in the 2016 gallery.

2015

The Justice Media Awards 2015 were presented on Thursday 4 June 2015 by President of the Law Society Kevin O’Higgins and Director General Ken Murphy at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. View details of the 2015 winners.

2014

The Justice Media Awards 2014 were presented on Thursday 12 June 2014 by President of the Law Society John P. Shaw and Director General Ken Murphy at the Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. View details of the 2014 winners.

2013

The Justice Media Awards 2013 were presented on Thursday 13 June 2013 by President of the Law Society James McCourt and Director General Ken Murphy. View details of the 2013 winners.

2012

The Justice Media Awards 2012 were presented on 7 June 2012 to the by Director General Ken Murphy and President of the Law Society Donald Binchy. View details of the 2012 winners.

2011

The Justice Media Awards 2011 were presented on 2 June 2011 by Vice-President of the Law Society Kevin O’Higgins. 

2010

The Justice Media Awards 2010 were presented on 3 June 2010 by past-President of the Law Society John D. Shaw. 

Gallery

Click on the thumbnail below to browse the gallery of Justice Media Award winners for the relevant year.