The United Kingdom Association of Women Judges Participated in a Wellbeing Event for Lawyers and Judicial Officers

In May, the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges (UKAWJ) participated in a Women in Criminal Law Midlands (WCLM) Wellbeing event at Leicester University. The event was co-hosted by 36Crime and the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association (MALA).

As written in the UKAWJ’s June Newsletter, IAWJ member Hon. Sue Carr, “gave a speech in which she recognised the stresses and strains on practitioners, Court users and the Judiciary of prosecuting and defending in cases of serious sexual offences.”

Along these lines, Dr. Anna Carline and Dr. Clare Gunby from Leicester University presented their research “Exploring how emotions taint the work of rape barristers.” The study found that lawyers and judicial officers that work on cases of sexual violence “find it difficult to deal with the emotions it creates, particularly those [that] have children.” Moreover, there is backlash towards lawyers that defend people accused of sexual violence, which is difficult for them to deal with.

“Helen Johnson, committee member and founder of Emery Johnson Astill’s Solicitors, Leicester said <<WICL allows women working in all areas of the criminal justice system to come together and support one another acknowledging that aspects of the work are difficult and that our wellbeing is not something which can or should be overlooked. It was great to see a real mix of women in the room from a High Court Judge to law students just taking their first step in a career which has seen so many positive changes for women but where still more change is needed>>.”

UKAWJ June Newsletter