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Selection criteria


Public nominations may be submitted in the following categories:
Justice Medal | Download Information for Nominators

The Justice Medal is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. This may have been demonstrated in a range of activities over an extended period, or work over a shorter period but of exceptional impact. The Justice Medal judging panel is seeking nominations for living nominees that address the following selection criteria:

  • Outstanding achievement in improving access to justice
    How has the nominee’s achievement in improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people been outstanding?
  • Improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW
    How has the person’s achievement substantially benefited socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW?
  • Range of work over an extended period or work over a shorter period but of exceptional impact
    What is the range of work over an extended period or work over a shorter period but of exceptional impact that demonstrates the nominee’s outstanding achievement in improving access to justice?
  • Outstanding achievement above the call of duty
    Is the nominee’s outstanding achievement within the expected role of the nominee or is there an ingredient that takes it above and beyond the expected role of the nominee?
  • Standing of the nominee in their particular community - provide the contact details of two referees who can demonstrate/comment on the standing of the nominee in their particular community for their outstanding achievement in improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW

Aboriginal Justice Award | Download Information for Nominators

The Aboriginal Justice Award supported by the Department of Justice NSW. It is presented to an Aboriginal individual or a group of individuals who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving access to justice for Aboriginal people in NSW. This may have been demonstrated in a range of activities over an extended period, or in a single significant activity. The Aboriginal Justice Award judging panel is seeking nominations for living nominees that address the following selection criteria:

  • Outstanding commitment to improving access to justice
    How has the nominee’s commitment to improving access to justice for Aboriginal people been outstanding?
  • Improving access to justice for Aboriginal people in NSW
    How has the person’s commitment substantially benefited Aboriginal people in NSW?
  • Range of activities over an extended period or a single significant activity
    What is the range of activities over an extended period or the single significant activity that demonstrates the nominee’s outstanding commitment to improving access to justice for Aboriginal people?
  • Outstanding commitment above the call of duty
    Is the nominee’s outstanding commitment within the expected role of the nominee or is there an ingredient that takes it above and beyond the expected role of the nominee?
  • Standing of the nominee in their particular community - provide the contact details of two referees who can demonstrate/comment on the standing of the nominee in their particular community for their outstanding achievement in improving access to justice for Aboriginal people in NSW

Pro Bono Partnership Award | Download Information for Nominators

The Pro Bono Partnership Award is sponsored by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. It is presented to a partnership comprising a private law firm, community organisation and/or community legal centre in NSW which has developed an outstanding pro bono legal assistance relationship, resulting in improved access to justice for disadvantaged people in the community. The Pro Bono Partnership Award judging panel is seeking nominations that address the following selection criteria in order of importance:

  • The nature of the partnership
    Is it innovative (e.g. in terms of the forms of assistance provided, or the way the partners work together)? Is it targeted at RRR communities? Or does it meet a legal need that would not otherwise have been met?
  • The success of the partnership in delivering services to a particular community
    To what extent has the partnership led to the better delivery of services to members of the community?
  • The duration of the partnership
    How long has the partnership been in place?
  • Two referees are required who can demonstrate/comment on the partnership.

Law and Justice Volunteer Award | Download Information for Nominators

The Law and Justice Volunteer Award is sponsored by the NSW Bar Association. It is presented to an individual or group of individuals who, in a voluntary capacity, have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving access to justice in NSW, particularly for socially and economically disadvantaged people. This may have been demonstrated in a range of activities over an extended period, or in a single significant activity. The Law and Justice Volunteer Award judging panel is seeking nominations for living nominees who are not legal practitioners. Nominators must address the following selection criteria:

  • Outstanding commitment to improving access to justice
    How has the person’s commitment, in a voluntary capacity, been outstanding in improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people?
  • Improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW
    How has the person’s commitment, in a voluntary capacity, substantially benefited socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW?
  • Range of activities over an extended period or a single significant activity
    What is the range of activities over an extended period or a single significant activity that demonstrates the nominee’s outstanding commitment, in a voluntary capacity, to improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW?
  • Standing of the nominee in their particular community - provide the contact details of two referees who can demonstrate/comment on the standing of the nominee in their particular community for their outstanding commitment, in a voluntary capacity, to improving access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people in NSW


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