The Justice Innovation Awards, run by the Centre for Justice Innovation, recognise the work of frontline practitioners and innovative projects which improve outcomes, and make the justice system fairer and more effective. This year, there are two awards, one in family justice and one in criminal justice, with the winners decided by an expert judging panel.
Our first award is the Nick Crichton Award for Family Justice (which is held in honour of the founding Family Drug and Alcohol Court judge, Nick Crichton). This is the fourth year that this has been awarded and it is sponsored by a consortia of funders, including HallBrown Family Law, LCM Family, Family Law in Partnership and AddCounsel. This year’s finalists were: Jig-So, Flourish, Together for Childhood, Lifelong Links and Family Safeguarding.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Nick Crichton Award for Family Justice 2023 is Lifelong Links. The judges were particularly impressed with the scope of the project, and the breadth of impact it was able to have on a person’s life.
Next is our Criminal Justice Innovation Award. The finalists for this year were: Re-Frame, Safe Video Link Evidence Facilities, Right Hook, Cambridgeshire's Out of Court Diversion Suite and Brighter Tomorrows, The Westminster Specialist Domestic Abuse Court.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of The Criminal Justice Innovation Award 2023 is Right Hook. The judges were impressed with how the project was able to provide a positive way of engaging young people in self-development.
The awards will be given out at an event that will bring together this year's and the previous year's award winners in a Q & A and discussion about how to make change happen and improving outcomes in their local area. This event is part of our Expert Voices series, which feature academics and practitioners discussing key issues affecting the justice system, and are free and open to everyone. You can sign up here.