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Friday, 5 August 2016

I am going to Court on my own as I cannot afford a solicitor – can I take someone with me for support?


Yes you are allowed to take someone with you for support. 

This person could be termed “A McKenzie Friend” and they can:
• Provide you with moral support;
• Take notes;
• Help with case papers;
• Quietly give you advice on any aspect of the conduct of the case.

A McKenzie Friend cannot:
• Act as your agent in relation to the proceedings.
• Manage your case outside of court, for example by signing documents on your behalf.
• Address the Court, make oral submissions or examine witnesses.

A McKenzie Friend should not have any personal interest in the case, they should understand their role and understand the importance of confidentiality.

Normally a McKenzie Friend would be allowed into Court unless fairness and justice does not require, so unless there was a valid reason then there should not be any objections to their attendance with you in Court.

At Newcastle Family Court you can also ask for assistance from the PSU who can also help you with filling in court forms.

This article is for information only.

Please contact us if you require help or detailed legal advice on 0191 213 1010 or on family@mckeagandco.com.

We will speak to you on the phone for 20 minutes for no charge.

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