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23-Year-Old Woman Is the First Black and Blind Judge in the UK

23-Year-Old Woman Is the First Black and Blind Judge in the UK
UK News

23-Year-Old Woman Is the First Black and Blind Judge in the UK

23-Year-Old Woman Is the First Black and Blind Judge in the UK

Jessikah Inaba, 23, qualified last week at the University of Law - London Bloomsbury, after studying for 5 years for an accelerated law degree.

Inaba completed her entire course almost entirely in braille and credited her friends and tutors for helping her fill in the gaps. She has also joined the Bar and will be the first black and blind person to do so.

Jess, from Camden, north London, said: "It's been crazy – I still can't really believe I've done it"

"One day I'll wake up and realise how amazing this is.

"It was hard and I often thought of giving up, but my supportive family gave me courage and strength.

"I always believed in myself from the start – there's nothing about me which means this isn't possible.

"I know I can do this job really well, and the more people like me who go through training the easier it will become.

"It's really good feeling, I know I'm giving hope to others in similar situations to mine. There's a triple-glazed glass ceiling.

She continued, I'm not the most common gender or colour, and I have a disability, but by pushing through I'm easing the burden on the next person like me."

Jess utilises a little electronic equipment in court that includes a Braille keyboard with one key for each dot and a small screen where symbols appear.It means she can listen with her ears free and quickly read and edit with her hands.

She said: I'm very proud but I do wish it had all gone smoothly.

"I feel because of disabled access problems my results aren't a true reflection of my ability.

" reckon as a black person I have to work ten times harder than others just to be accepted by society.

"Before I can see a client I have to prove I'm a lawyer and justify my need for my specialist equipment.

"If I was an older white man who can see my professional life would be so much easier.

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