OTTAWA, June 1, 2011 – Nominations
are being sought for the 12th annual Justicia Awards for Excellence
The Justicia Awards celebrate outstanding broadcast and print or
Web journalism that foster public awareness and understanding of the
Canadian justice system. The criteria for judging entries are accuracy,
originality, effectiveness in explaining issues to the public, informational
value and insight. The Awards are sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association
(CBA) and the Department of Justice Canada.
Two prize winners, one for excellence in broadcast and one for print
or on-line publication, will be chosen by an independent judging panel
selected by the CBA and the Department of Justice. The Awards will
be presented at the CBA's Canadian Legal Conference in Halifax, Nova
Scotia in August.
Last year, a team from the Victoria Times Colonist, including
reporters Louise Dickson, Lindsay Kines and Rob Shaw, editorial writer
Dave Obee, columnist Les Leyne, and city editor Stephanie Coombs, was
the winner in the print category for a series on access to information
in the B.C. courts, published in February 2010. A team from Radio-Canada's Enquête,
including journalist Pasquale Turbide and producer Johanne Bonneau,
was the winner in the broadcast category for a February 2010 show entitled "Délateurs
en liberté" on the practice of paying informants.
The nomination deadline is June 20, 2011, for stories that were published
or broadcast between May 15, 2010 and May 15, 2011.
Nomination forms and a full description of the judging criteria may
be obtained on-line at http://www.cba.org/cba/awards/justicia/ or
by contacting Alison Crone, Canadian Bar Association, at 1-800-267-8860
ext. 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.