McKenzie Friends have existed in UK courts ever since the McKenzie vs McKenzie case in 1970.

Belinda McKenzie, a McKenzie Friend by name and by nature, is a human rights activist fluent in six languages, and suggested to form the Association of McKenzie Friends. 

An Association of McKenzie Friends became necessary on a number of occasions, especially when helping Litigants in Person who are in prison – on remand, i.e. unconvicted:

  • After having been allowed ‘legal visits’ in HMP Holloway twice, one McKenzie Friend was ‘downgraded’ to social visits, i.e. no papers could be taken in by either the inmate or the McKenzie Friend;
  • this made it impossible to prepare the response to an Order, let alone an appeal in time;
  • McKenzie Friends were not allowed to speak to the prisoners who were waiting in the court cells;
  • instead, they were given 20 minutes by a judge during a family court hearing.

Our Aims and Objectives are therefore:

  • to raise awareness of the value that McKenzie Friends bring to Litigants in Person – as an alternative to lawyers;
  • to play the role of advocacy on behalf of victims of white collar crimes and child snatching;
  • to lobby those responsible for making change possible;
  • to publish relevant findings and experiences in the public interest.

Our immediate campaigning goals are:

  • allow McKenzie Friends the rights for legal visits in prisons;
  • allow McKenzie Friends to instruct barristers on behalf of their victims;
  • the recognition of ‘public interest advocacy’, when McKenzie Friends present their observations in courts or represent cases at meetings with MPs and MEPs.

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  2. jayne johns says:

    ive been told i am going to prison for responding to my girls in care
    they contact me and all there brothers and sisters
    i did try and tell the judge last case and he wouldn’t listen

    • Dear Jayne

      I can’t bear hearing and reading these Draconian restrictions and am really sorry!

      David Paul Jenkins is starting a major campaign on Facebook to ask for the children back:


      His website and phone number are here:


      Sorry I can’t do more, unless you feel like filling in the attached form so that you’re also on the records of John Hemming MP.

      We can then approach him for help, too.

      Has a ‘final hearing’ been scheduled???

      Keep the Faith!

      Don’t let either yourself or your kids down!!!



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  6. peter oakes says:

    A suggestion.
    The Mothers & Fathers of children being threatened with imprisonment
    for contacting their children placed in care and elsewhere.

    Is it reasonable to suggest they use a Mckenzie Friend to convey messages & instructions
    to their children, a judge would find it impossible to isolate children from the world
    it would be solitary confinement without a conviction of any kind criminal or otherwise
    it would mean a judge is a tyrannt and acting beyond his powers ! under whose
    warrant or authority does a judge act ?

    In fact they should appoint as many Mckenzies as possible to ridicule & expose this
    human torture and cruelty, the authorities are inflicting permanent harm by depriving
    children from their parents if the children desire contact! All mail should be addressed
    to the Political Prisoner then name address etc. the postmen & women will soon
    spread the word, Taking children for monetary reward is political ! otherwise it is
    kidnapping and criminal with a life sentence.

    • The way that Social Services and secret family courts operate is such that, in my experience, it takes:

      1. McKenzie Friends to assist with Social Services meetings BEFORE they enter court rooms. However, at that point, parents have no idea what is happening to them

      2. CONTACT is always only organised in ‘contact centres’ where only parents are allowed

      3. The Association of McKenzie Friends needs to make best possible use of these ‘levers’ in the system.

      4. Once in court, it depends on individual McKenzie Friends what they may achieve. Hence the Association so that we can learn from each other!

      With many thanks for your suggestion,

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  15. Katrina Stylianou says:

    I am looking for a McKenzie friend to assist in a High Court action that has been dragged out for years.My representatives have been negligent racked up huge costs and they are now trying to bankrupt me and take my property!! Help!

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  20. Lubna Alvi says:

    Please help. I need a mckenzie frien to save my family home from a wicked ex employee. I have positive list of evidences but need some legal asvice, as i cant afford paid legal advice. Please reply urgently.

  21. Can you please send a summary of your case, with the list of evidence to sabine AT 3d-metrics.com? I’ll forward it to your ‘ace in case law’ who is feared by the Royal Courts of Justice. He does it bro bono, but we must not waste his time.

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  23. The Edge says:

    ‘bro bono’

    Wasn’t he in U2

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  54. Derek says:

    Is there a McKensie Friend out there who could help me recover over £8,000 fraudentley taken from by a crooked firm of solicitors who had already been paid. They made a Court Order, (Of which I was not informed about) that the money should be taken from salary. When I complained about the order the the court staff said nothing could be done as the order had been made. They did not explain why I had not been informed of the court hearing.

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  60. Aaron H says:

    Please can some one tell me where I can get a Mckenzie friend fore and my partner we are being bullied by the family courts and loval authorities in Swindon as they want to adopt our daughter we have been in an assessment center since New Years eve she was a week old born Christmas Day

    We have been diagnosed with personality disorders

    They say we will harm er but our day to day care is perfect emotional care brilliant

    Please help we want to be a family and I have already dismissed one barrister

    Please advise us of what step next measures to contact many MPs have previously been taken however no response

    Please help email is a.hickey1994@gmail.com

    I wil contact any back via that

    Many thanks aaron & family

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