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The Society of Professional McKenzie Friends Ltd.
Code of Conduct for McKenzie Friends
1. When someone involved in a court case asks another person to assist, not as a
or a witness but as a friend, the person assisting is often called a “McKenzie Friend”.
2. This Code of Conduct summarises what is involved if you are asked to be a
“McKenzie Friend”, and what the Court will expect of you.
3. Detailed guidance (the Guidance) was issued on 12 July 2010 by the Head of Civil
Justice and the Head of Family Justice, and you should read that. It is available
4. If you follow the Guidance and this Code of Conduct then your involvement may
of material help to the person you are assisting and to the Court.
5. If you have a financial interest in the outcome of the case you should normally
6. If you have a personal interest in the outcome of the case then before agreeing
assist you should think about whether someone else who does not have a personal
interest might be better placed to assist.
7. You may attend the hearing of the court case unless the Court says you cannot.
8. You may read the papers for the court case unless the Court says you cannot.
9. You should let the staff at the Court know as soon as you arrive that you have
asked to assist.
10. You should bring a short curriculum vitae (cv), and if you are asked by the Court
to complete a short set of questions about yourself you should do so.