Judge Safia Iman, First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber

“I was called to the Bar in 2006 and since then I have been fortunate enough to have had a varied career working both at the Bar and within executive positions.

It was actually other well-respected professionals around me who initially encouraged me to apply for a judicial role and provided their support and those much-needed, insightful conversations when you know you are about to make a life-changing decision.

I applied for a judicial role as working within a profession that is not only intellectually demanding but also purpose-driven has always been very important to me. I also believe that there should be a strong representation of women and diversity on the judicial bench.

Since starting the role, I have realised that the judiciary continues to have an important place in modern society. We are in a societal era that is evolving rapidly and, as judges, we must be responsive to that change. Examples include the widespread implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI), not to mention the recent challenges presented by the pandemic. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a judicial system that is striving to adapt and consider that this is an important time to be part of the judiciary.

The role, as one would expect by its very nature, is intellectually and emotionally demanding but also extremely rewarding. There is never a dull day as each day presents new situations and you have the privilege of being responsible for decisions that impact other people’s lives. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by a supportive team of judges and, as we know, where there is intelligence comes a very sharp wit. This is in abundance in the judges around me, which helps keep us all on our toes and the role enjoyable and collegiate.

I strongly believe that the judiciary should represent the communities that we serve, so if you meet the eligibility criteria, apply.”



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