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President’s Guidance: McKenzie Friends (October 2008)

Date: 14th October 2008

In the light of the recent decision of Munby J in the case of Re N (A child) (McKenzie Friend: Rights of Audience) [2008] EWHC 2042 (Fam), the President’s Guidance of 14th April 2008 requires amendment to the penultimate paragraph headed “Rights of Audience”. The Guidance of 14th April is therefore now withdrawn and reads as follows in its reissued form.

In the light of the growth of litigants in person in all levels of family court, the President issues this guidance, which supersedes that of 13th May 2005. [2005] Fam Law 405, and is to be regarded as a reminder that the attendance of a McKenzie friend will often be of advantage to the court in ensuring the litigant in person receives a fair hearing.

What a McKenzie Friend May Do

What a McKenzie Friend May Not Do

Rights of audience and rights to conduct litigation

Personal Support Unit & Citizens’ Advice Bureau

• Litigants in person should also be aware of the services provided by local Personal Support Units and Citizens’ Advice Bureaux. The PSU at the Royal Courts of Justice in London can be contacted on 020 7947 7701, by email at cbps@bello.co.uk or at the enquiry desk. The CAB at the Royal Courts of Justice in London can be contacted on 020 7947 6564 or at the enquiry desk.