Lady Chief Justice Siobhan Keegan told the centenary conference of the Law Society of Northern Ireland (23 September) that lawyers must have settled lives in order to be effective at their work.
Addressing mental or other difficulties is a sign of strength not weakness, she added. Wellbeing at work was one of the cental themes of the centenary conference.
“I think we need to have some reassurance from others that everything is truly going to be all right.
At its best, the law involves human contact and interaction, she said.
The Chief Justice also said that there is growing jurisprudence on the topic of climate, and a rising tide of litigation which is strategically targeting non-adherence with international targets.
“This is a new, dynamic, and developing area which will engage many lawyers of the future,” she predicted.