#McKenzieFriends under the Looking Glass of supporting whom: the Court or Litigants in Person?


Some things are worth saying again and again.

Voluntary Public Interest Advocacy

quote-if-you-can-t-explain-it-simply-you-don-t-understand-it-well-enough-albert-einstein-563651Submission from Deborah Mahmoudieh as a member of the Association of McKenzie Friends and McKenzie Angels in relation to present proposals for government reforms on the presence and practice of McKenzie Friends in UK courts and society:

Terminology: Should the term ‘McKenzie Friend’ should be updated to something that is easier to understand, like ‘Court Supporter’.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”

The term ‘McKenzie Friend’ has its roots in British legal history and refers to a specific legal case: 1970 case McKenzie v McKenzie: “In that case, the husband was representing himself and wanted the help of someone who was not legally qualified in the English Courts. His request was refused. However on appeal, it was determined that having moral support in Court was part of being entitled to a fair trial under the European Convention…

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