The panel of judges will be split into small groups dealing with no more than three nominations each.
All nominations for each category will be forwarded to the judging panels for them to review.
Selections for the short list of nominations will be made from what nominators have written about each candidate.
If the judges require more information from nominators they will contact the nominators through Thomson Reuters Accelus.
At the Awards Dinner the judges' rationale for selecting the winner will be announced and each winner will receive an engraved trophy from Thomson Reuters Accelus.