Belinda McKenzie says she’s willing to go to prison to set a sign for the inappropriateness of us being financially penalised for doing pro bono work.
I am beginning to be amused when I read another McKenzie Friend writing about a farce by pink elephants! But when I emailed the Admin Court this morning, I was full of the ‘wrath of god’. It’s just too ridiculous to be taken seriously:
Dear Mr Chowdhury et al,
I have just received two letters dated 22 and 23 May respectively and I have two others of 19 May and 23 May. Altogether, they regard three hearings:
on 23/05/2014 for 0 minutes [the letter announcing this is dated 22 May!]
on 04/06/2014 for 45 minutes
on 25/06/2014 for 30 minutes.
As I am in temporary accommodation while health and safety works are being carried out in my flat, the redirection delays my mail. Despite that, I find it impossible to make sense of this way of wasting the court’s time.
The first McKenzie Friend was created out of the need for legal help due to the lack of money to pay professionals in 1970.
In 2009 I began acting as McKenzie Friend and web publisher for Maurice J Kirk BVSc. Since 14 October 2013, he has been held ‘on remand’ in HMP Cardiff and asked me to continue to uphold the level of quality for this ‘brand’.
In June 2011 a number of us, including Belinda McKenzie, Maurice J Kirk and Ian Josephs, met at the Royal Courts of Justice to support the Nigerian Musa couple whose five children had been taken by Haringey Police without paperwork in April 2010. Acknowledged to be the worst of all child snatching cases, McKenzie Friends continue to help them since they were imprisoned for seven years!
The Queen on the application of Melissa Laird
v. Secretary of State for the Home Department CO 9385/2013
Application for Judicial Review of Melissa’s deportation to the USA September
Before Anthony Elleray QC sitting as a deputy judge of the High Court
Queen’s Bench Division, Administrative Court 18, 5 December 2013, 10.30
Prior to Melissa’s case 2 other applications were heard, both for leave to appeal against deportations brought by foreign fathers with children still in UK (the court stenographer said Court 18 was a very sad place…). Melissa’s application only arrived before the judge at 12.50, brought on her behalf by members of the Association of McKenzie Friends (AMF) Sabine McNeill and Belinda McKenzie, assisted by especially by Terence Ewing, but also Meirion Bowen and Caul Grant.
that the removal of a child from his mother at or shortly after birth is a “draconian” and “extremely harsh” measure, requiring “exceptional justification” and “extraordinarily compelling reasons” under Article 8.