With the withdrawal of legal aid and the rising cost of traditional solicitors, more and more people are looking to use a McKenzie Friend.
WHAT IS A MCKENZIE FRIEND?
When someone decides to represent themselves in family law court proceedings, rather than use a solicitor, they are termed as a ‘litigant in person’ (LiP for short).
A LIP has the right to be accompanied in court by someone to help them – this person is called a McKenzie Friend.
A McKenzie Friend can give you ‘reasonable assistance’ in preparing for and attending court and originates from a 1970 court case (McKenzie v McKenzie).
As your McKenzie Friend I can:
- Advise you on the legal process – the likely outcome of court proceedings, your options and what is fair in terms of family law.
- Help you to prepare your case to your best advantage.
- Attend court with you and help you with your case; negotiating and advising you before the judge.
- Help you to write letters and complete court documents such as witness statements though I cannot sign letters or court documents on your behalf.
- In some circumstances the court may give me permission to speak for you.
You remain in control of your case every step of the way.
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