CoA McKenzie Friends
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
- Collier v Hicks  2B & Ad.663 - this is where the role was first recognised
- McKenzie v McKenzie  P 33 - the case after which this is named, the CoA ruled that excluding a friend was wrong
- Re H (Chambers Proceedings: McKenzie Friend)  2 FLR 423
- R v Bow County Court ex parte Pelling  2 FLR 1126
- Re H (McKenzie Friend: Pre trial determination)  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.