Sarah Johnston was appointed as a salaried judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) in 2009 and also sits in the Special Educational Needs Tribunal.
Sarah Johnston was called to the Bar in 1989 in New Zealand where she practised family and criminal law until 1993. She then worked for the Global Alliance against Traffic in Women in Thailand until she came to the UK in 1997 where she worked as a mental health and public law solicitor and was awarded an LLM in Human Rights Law in 2001. Sarah was head of the mental health department at Scott Moncrieff Harbour and Sinclair from 2003, representing patients in the tribunal and in judicial review proceedings, and while there led the Legal Services Commission's Specialist Support in mental health. She was appointed as a salaried judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health) in 2009 and was one of the first tribunal judges to sit on restricted cases. She now also sits in the Special Educational Needs Tribunal. Sarah is also an appraiser and trainer of other judicial office holders within the mental health jurisdiction.