Law Society announces winners of the Justice Media Awards 2023

The Irish Sun journalist Michael Doyle takes top award

The Law Society of Ireland has announced the winners of the Justice Media Awards 2023 at an awards ceremony which took place at the Law Society today, Thursday 22 June 2023.

The top award was presented to Michael Doyle of The Irish Sun for his extensive reporting on the Gerry Hutch murder trial. His series was selected from the Court Reporting (print/online) category as standing out from a record-breaking 340 entries to win the overall award.

Access to justice, public interest investigative journalism, and climate justice challenges were among the other key topics covered across the 15 award categories.

President of the Law Society of Ireland, Maura Derivan, said, “The Law Society is inspired and encouraged to see such a strong standard in Irish legal journalism. The talent and skill among Irish journalists are strong and thriving from seasoned national reporters, local journalists to podcasters, broadcasters, and newcomers.”  

“Journalism that promotes a greater public understanding of the law and our people’s rights, access to justice, legal literacy and the legal system is of immense value to society. This year, the winning entry demonstrates these characteristics.  

“By reporting on the Gerry Hutch murder trial, Michael Doyle succeeds in providing an accessible explanation and detailed account of this high-profile case and the law surrounding it. These insights gained from inside the Special Criminal Court are invaluable to society’s understanding of the law and to ensuring justice is delivered transparently in public.”

“Congratulations to all of our winners this year, and thank you to everyone who entered the awards. The Law Society of Ireland is proud to continue to support and celebrate impactful legal journalism in the public interest.”

Category winners

In total, 15 awards and 28 merits were presented across 15 categories.

To view the full list of winners, see: Justice Media Awards citations