We recently interviewed Judge Sarah Johnston, Deputy Chamber President, First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health). In her interview, she discusses her background, the types of cases she deals with, and the responsibilities of her role as a welfare lead.
Judge Johnston welcomes those working in tribunals to seek her assistance with any welfare issues, emphasising the range of confidential help that is available. The judge also talks about the challenges she has faced personally and in her career as a member of the LGBT+ community, during which the support of her family and friends has been invaluable.
She urges those interested in a career in the judiciary to take advantage of opportunities such as mentoring and observation.