District Judge Mathu Asokan was appointed to the JAC as a judicial member on 1 September 2017 and reappointed on 1 September 2020.Mathu sits full-time at Birmingham Civil Justice Centre and deals with Children and Court of Protection cases. Her roles have included Diversity and Community Relations Judge for the West Midlands area and Family and Children Tutor Judge for the Judicial College. She was a committee member of the UK Association of Women Judges until November 2018.
She started her career as a solicitor, progressing quickly to partner and head of the defendant insurance department at her firm. She was appointed a Deputy District Judge in 1999 and combined sitting days with a busy practice until her appointment to the Bench in 2002. Mathu is also co-author of ‘Injunctions and Orders Against Anti-Social or Violent Individuals’.