Category Archives: Right of Audience

@MoJ Who’s Afraid of #McKenzieFriends? Why? NO BAN on paid McKenzie Friends! #McKenzieAngels FLY!

The Lord Chief Justice‘s Consultation on Reforming the Courts’ Approach to McKenzie Friends came out on the day we won our ‘costs case‘: after we’ve been helping Melissa Laird in all sorts of roles in HMP Holloway, the Treasury Solicitor‘s Office … Continue reading

Posted in Acting as McKenzie Friend, Admin Court, Court of Appeal, HM Government, Master of the Rolls Office, Public Interest Advocacy, Right of Audience, Royal Courts of Justice, Secrecy Family Courts, The Judiciary, The Lord Chief Justice, Treasury Solicitor's Office | 2 Comments

@MoJGovUK Reforming the Courts’ Approach to #McKenzieFriends – first two submissions

It is an interesting sign of our times: The Lord Chief Justice’s consultation on Reforming the Courts’ Approach to McKenzie Friends. Before we submit our text in the name of the Association of McKenzie Friends to mckenzie.friends@judiciary.gsi.gov.uk, here is: Natasha … Continue reading

Posted in Master of the Rolls Office, Right of Audience, The Judiciary, The Lord Chief Justice | 3 Comments

McKENZIE FRIENDS challenged in Court or the Forensics of a Legal Farce

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Acting as McKenzie Friend, Admin Court, Barnet Council, Court Documents, Forced Adoption, Judicial Review, Public Interest Advocacy, Right of Audience, Royal Courts of Justice, Stolen Children of the UK, Treasury Solicitor's Office | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

FROM BRUSSELS Pilgrimage to McKenzie Crusade: in defence of justice for future generations

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, … Continue reading

Posted in Acting as McKenzie Friend, HM Government, Prison Visits, Public Interest Advocacy, Right of Audience, Royal Courts of Justice, Treasury Solicitor's Office | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

McKENZIE FRIENDS under the looking glass: a report from the Legal Consumer Services Panel

This report covers four types of McKenzie Friends: one off helpers occasional and regular volunteers fee-charging ‘amateurs’ fee-charging ‘professionals’ Struck off lawyers may also turn into McKenzie Friends. The report aims at balancing between ‘access to justice‘ and ‘consumer protection‘ … Continue reading

Posted in Acting as McKenzie Friend, Early Day Motions, EU Parliament, General, Judicial Review, Prison Visits, Public Interest Advocacy, Right of Audience, Stolen Children of the UK | Tagged , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

LEARNING by DOING: how to assist Litigants in Person as McKenzie Friend – a lesson for us and the Courts

This is the Practice Guidance that shows that I should NOT have been kicked out of Lincoln County Court yesterday. Our introduction letters got us in as McKenzie Friends, but we didn’t get ‘right of audience’. As ‘web publisher’, I … Continue reading

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#melissalaird in Court 18 @ the RCJ – on behalf of US mother deported whilst her only child is kept for adoption

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 … Continue reading

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McKENZIE SUCCESS: Permission to Appeal an Adoption Order GRANTED

It was only thanks to a major team effort that this could happen today: a comment on Victims Unite our meeting at the House of Commons on 15th January 2013 And then: travelling to the mother whose two daughters were … Continue reading

Posted in Acting as McKenzie Friend, Court of Appeal, House of Commons, Public Events, Public Interest Advocacy, Right of Audience, Royal Courts of Justice, Social Services | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Legal Maxim “He who fails to assert his rights has none.”

CASE LAW HM Prison Armley & Anor [2011] EWHC 2269 (Admin) (26 August 2011) URL: ttp://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2011/2269.html Cite as: [2011] EWHC 2269 (Admin) 1. … I was also asked to consider (by his McKenzie friend, Mr Jarvis) whether or not it … Continue reading

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