AIJA Award for Excellence

Every two years, the AIJA runs its prestigious Award for Excellence in Judicial Administration. The Award recognises those who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the administration of justice in Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region.

2023 recipient

At this year’s AGM, the winner of the 2023 award was announced:

Mr Matthew Weatherson,
Judicial Information Advisor at the Judicial College of Victoria.

We congratulate Matthew on this success and will hold an award ceremony early next year.

Matthew was nominated by his colleagues for the ‘Judicial Precedent Builders’ initiative. This initiative includes the design of five cutting-edge systems that allow judicial officers to automate the preparation of jury directions and reasons in certain cases.

Samantha Burchell, CEO of the Judicial College of Victoria, said:

‘Matt is the primary author of the Victorian Criminal Charge Book. He has combined his analytical mind and intuitive technological capability to create a tool that enhances judicial efficiency. The precedent builders have real potential to make a judge’s work easier, while preserving the essential decision-making process.’ 

Read more and access video demonstrations of the tools here.

Application process

The AIJA Award for Excellence is awarded every two years and nominations will be called for via this website and the AIJA Newsletter. The winner is also announced via email and the AIJA Newsletter. A ceremony is held at the next AIJA event after the award. 

Those eligible for nomination must have:

- improved access to justice this can be for the entire community or sections of it
- demonstrated innovation this can include adapting an established solution to a new problem and
- delivered real benefits for the justice system the benefits should be demonstrated

Past winners

A list of all past winners can be found here.