Elizabeth McMahon

Elizabeth McMahon is a judge, sitting in Great Britain, whose main jurisdiction is the Social Security and Child Support (SSCS) tribunal. She is ticketed to sit in the Court of Protection and on the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals tribunal. Before becoming a judge Elizabeth represented children in custody and was a legal adviser to lay magistrates in the criminal and family courts. She has been a judge for ten years during which she has mentored lawyers and judges from under represented backgrounds, carried out outreach work trying to make the judiciary more diverse and engaging with communities traditionally less familiar or comfortable with the justice system. Elizabeth is involved in the recruitment of judicial office holders through the Judicial Appointments Commission.

In her role as District Tribunal Judge Elizabeth is responsible for training and appraising judges and specialist members and for demonstrating best practice. She is a champion of the Equal Treatment Bench Book, a vital tool in her jurisdiction – in SSCS many Appellants have disabilities or are disadvantaged in other ways making it imperative that judges communicate in a way which is understood by both parties and that enables the Appellants, particularly, to participate effectively in their hearings.

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