CoA McKenzie Friends

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Case Law to support the right to a McKenzie Friend

You should first read the introduction about McKenzie Friends.

There are several important cases that give your right to have a McKenzie friend:

  • Re In the matter of the children of Mr O'Connell, Mr Whelan and Mr Watson
  • McKenzie_Friends_Practice_Guidance_July_2010.pdf
  • Collier v Hicks [1831] 2B & Ad.663 - this is where the role was first recognised
  • McKenzie v McKenzie [1971] P 33 - the case after which this is named, the CoA ruled that excluding a friend was wrong
  • Re H (Chambers Proceedings: McKenzie Friend) [1997] 2 FLR 423
  • R v Bow County Court ex parte Pelling [1999] 2 FLR 1126
  • Re H (McKenzie Friend: Pre trial determination) [2002] 1 FLR 39
  • The Family Proceedings (Amendment No 4) Rules 2005 (SI 2005/19)
  • Family Proceedings Courts (Miscellaneous Amendments) Rules 2005 (SI 2005/1977) October 2005. Civ 759 President's Guidance (13 May 2005) McKenzie Friends
  • Lord Tenterden CJ (in Collier v Hicks):
"Any person, whether he be a professional man or not, may attend as a friend of either party, may take notes, may quietly make suggestions, and give advice."

What we need is a critique of these cases and links to the actual texts.

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