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Code of Conduct for McKenzie Friends

1. When someone involved in a court case asks another person to assist, not as a lawyer

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 whathe 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 online

at http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/Resources/JCO/Documents/Guidance/mckenzie-

friends-practice-guidance-july-2010.pdf .

4. If you follow the Guidance and this Code of Conduct then your involvement may be

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 decline

to assist.

6. If you have a personal interest in the outcome of the case then before agreeing to

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 been

asked to assist.

10. You should bring a short curriculum vitae (cv), and if you are asked by the Court staff

to complete a short set of questions about yourself you should do so.

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