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Law Society Litigants in Person Practice Notes

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25 Apr 12 #326441 by rubytuesday
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Maggie

Thanks for this, I have put this in our library

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25 Apr 12 #326446 by dukey
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There are three parts that will be of interest to the wiki`s who answer questions.

Vexatious litigants

The public support units

And this part,

6.1 McKenzie Friends

During court proceedings, LiPs have the right to seek reasonable assistance from a layperson, sometimes called a McKenzie Friend. A McKenzie Friend may sit alongside a LiP and provide general support. You should note the following in relation to McKenzie Friends:

* A McKenzie Friend is permitted to further the interests of justice by achieving a level playing field and ensuring a fair hearing. Requests for such assistance will only be refused for compelling reasons, and in the event, the judge must explain those reasons fully to the LiP and the prospective McKenzie Friend;
* A LiP cannot allow a McKenzie Friend to speak directly on their behalf unless invited to do so by the court, either within the confines of the court or in pre-trial meetings;
* A LiP is entitled to disclose confidential information and court papers to the McKenzie Friend in order to give them a better understanding of the matter in hand;
* A McKenzie Friend may assist with such tasks as taking notes, helping to organise documents, and making suggestions;
* McKenzie Friends are not permitted to act as a LiP''s agent in relation to court proceedings or manage a LiP''s case outside of court. If you receive correspondence from a McKenzie Friend on a LiP''s behalf, you should respond to the LiP directly and not to their McKenzie Friend;
* A LiP will need to advise the court if a McKenzie Friend will be attending hearings, meetings etc., but a McKenzie Friend has no right of address to the court; and
* It is not good practice for the court to exclude the proposed McKenzie Friend from the courtroom or chambers whilst the application for assistance is being made by the unrepresented party, as a LiP who requires a McKenzie Friend is likely to need their assistance to make the application for their appointment in the first instance.

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25 Apr 12 #326458 by maggie
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How would an LIP/SRL find an experienced reliable McKenzie Friend dukey?

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25 Apr 12 #326472 by dukey
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If its for contact Maggie familys need farthers and F4J both have lists, if for AR the public support unit in Manchester or High holburn London is the best place to start, asking on Wiki is also a good idea, then those who have used one can contact people by private message, a few CAB`s also have a list.

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