@MoJ Eradicating the needs for #McKenzieFriends? Our response to the Lord Chief Justice’s consultation

16 05 26 ConsultationReforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends

This response to the consultation goes beyond the scope of questions posed, as this is written on behalf of an unestimable number of Courts’ Victims and McKenzie Friends with a variety of experiences in and out of courts.

I am a systems analyst who used to diagnose software at CERN, the European Centre for Nuclear Research in Geneva, publish 32 websites and petitions as Voices for the Voiceless[1] and have played many roles as McKenzie Friend. This includes the receipt of ‘gagging orders’ faked by local councils.

More recently, assisting a mother to get her children returned and protecting other child victims at risk, led to what we have been campaigning against and Harriet Harman MP alerted Parliament in 2006 to: 200 parents a year are imprisoned in secrecy![2]

Hence I am writing not only as an advocate of Children’s Rights, but also as a victim of Human Rights violation due to court secrecy – from personal experience of threats of imprisonment and the reality of arrests and prosecution.

Replacing the term ‘McKenzie Friend’ or eradicating the need for McKenzie Friends? Continue reading

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#McKenzieFriends under the Looking Glass of supporting whom: the Court or Litigants in Person?

quote-if-you-can-t-explain-it-simply-you-don-t-understand-it-well-enough-albert-einstein-563651Submission from Deborah Mahmoudieh as a member of the Association of McKenzie Friends and McKenzie Angels in relation to present proposals for government reforms on the presence and practice of McKenzie Friends in UK courts and society:

Terminology: Should the term ‘McKenzie Friend’ should be updated to something that is easier to understand, like ‘Court Supporter’.

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”

The term ‘McKenzie Friend’ has its roots in British legal history and refers to a specific legal case: 1970 case McKenzie v McKenzie: “In that case, the husband was representing himself and wanted the help of someone who was not legally qualified in the English Courts. His request was refused. However on appeal, it was determined that having moral support in Court was part of being entitled to a fair trial under the European Convention on Human Rights. Any such assistants/supporters are therefore now referred to as ‘McKenzie Friends’.”

http://www.separateddads.co.uk/using-mckenzie-friend-court.html Continue reading

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

16 05 16 ConsultationIt is an interesting sign of our times:

Before we submit our text in the name of the Association of McKenzie Friends to mckenzie.friends@judiciary.gsi.gov.uk, here is:

  1. Natasha Phillips’ contribution of three salient points on her excellent blog Researching Reform;
  2. a McKenzie Friend’s text who wishes to remain anonymous and repeats all questions to be answered.

These are thus two good models / templates for you to submit your own response, or maybe just ‘general’ points.

Master of the Rolls Private Office
Royal Courts of Justice
London WC2A 2LL

Dear Sir/Madam


I am writing to make representations regarding the “Reforming the Court’s Approach to McKenzie Friends – A Consultation”, currently being undertaken by the Judiciary Department of the Ministry of Justice.

My responses are under the question headings as set out in the consultation paper. Continue reading

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@coe @EU #EU Kids’ best interests must come first in cross-border custody cases, urge #MEPs


16 04 28 EU Press ReleaseForwarded from the Press Service of the EU Parliament:

Press release – 28-04-2016

Plenary session / Citizens’ rights / Justice and home affairs

Kids’ best interests must come first in cross-border custody cases, urge MEPs

It is children who pay the price when EU member states fail to cooperate and protect children’s best interests in legal proceedings such as cross-border parental custody disputes and adoption decisions, Parliament points out in a non-binding resolution voted on Thursday. MEPs want specialised chambers within EU countries family courts to ensure more swiftly processed transnational cases.

“There is a need for more cooperation in family matters with cross-border aspects. Our aim is not to impose a single vision of how to handle family conflicts or deal with child welfare issues, but to ensure that the freedom of persons within the Union works in practice, also when it is related to family matters”, said Cecilia…

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@EU #EU Safeguarding Children’s Right across Europe: from Petitioning EU Parliament to Voting on a Resolution

I guess it can be called citizen’s democracy in action. Here’s the chronological development:

    1. Our petition to the UK Parliament regarding Children Placed in Foster Care, put forward by former MP John Hemming yielded no response.
    2. Instead, I am now one of so far four ‘activists’ [Police calls us ‘members of a protest group’] who have been persecuted and prosecuted by UK authorities in our pursuits of being a voice for Children Screaming to be Heard. Two of us face a jury trial on 11 July – potentially committing us to prison. My ‘crime’ was to publish this blog post – in everybody’s view a clear ‘stitch-up’ between Police and CPS.
    1. our collective petition was asking for the Abolition of Adoptions without Parental Consent – presented in six minutes of passion, when accompanied by 30 parents on 19 March 2014 – and quite rationally to a newly elected Committee on 11 November 2014;
    2. six individual petitions related to the violation of the right to language, religion and culture;
    3. six more petitions concern the abusive placement of children;
    4. many more petitions are on the data base of the Petitions Committee from many countries – in the spirit of preaching the “best interest” of children but not practicing it.
    1. members of the Petitions Committee had already gone on ‘fact finding visits’ to Denmark and Germany;
    2. eight members visited London on 05/06 November 2015;
    3. these MEPs produced a 15-page report based on the 13 petitions;
    4. a Working Group to focus on Children’s Right was established within the Petitions Committee.
    1. MEPs belong to one of eight political groups – the equivalent of parties;
    2. Questions with Oral Answer were prepared for the EU Commission and for the EU Council;
    3. a Motion for Resolution was written across all political groups;
    4. the topic got on the Agenda for a Plenary Debate: Point 20.
  5. Pavel SvobodaThe PLENARY DEBATE on 27 AprilCecilia Wikstrom
    1. was introduced by the Chair of the LEGAL Committee Pavel Svoboda MEP and the Chair of the PETITIONS Committee Cecilia Wikstrom MEP;
    2. it took one hour with contributions by 27 MEPs from 18 countries;
    3. here’s the video recording with the names of the speakers. [On Windows 7 I need to use Internet Explorer to view it with Media Player.]
  6. VOTING on 28 April
    1. the Motion for a Resolution to be voted on [point 5] with single majority;
    2. the 28 action points and recommendations.
    1. Point 28:  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the governments and the parliaments of the Member States.

Please note also the reference to an EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child!

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@MoJGovUK #Victims #McKenzieFriends and #LitigantsInPerson Unite! Consultation re Courts’ Approach to Lay Legal Help and Advocacy

Victims Unite!

15 09 10 Belinda HeaderSince I met victims of white collar crimes who came to meetings of the Forum for Stable Currencies in Westminster, I’ve learned that we have three battle fronts:

  1. the victims of white collar crimes and criminals;
  2. their hope to get justice as Litigants in Person (LiPs) who ‘do it alone’, because they had terrible experiences with lawyers and / or courts or other ‘professionals’;
  3. as McKenzie Friends who are also referred to as ‘Friend of the Court’ or ‘amicus curiae’ in the US or ‘Litigant Friend’:
    • I had to flee UK jurisdiction after I had helped the mother of the two whistleblower kids which has caused tremendous financial distress and personal injury, resulting in the current threat of imprisonment after an arrest without Search or Arrest warrant – by forcing entry into my flat after midnight; next hearing in Blackfriars Court on 07 April as the Ham and High reports

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@BarnetCouncil No Costs to pay in the case of Melissa Laird! #McKenzieFriends

16 02 25 Chief Red EagleNO COSTS TO PAY in what began as the Melissa Laird case, when we tried to prevent her from being deported – without her son – and without an oral hearing that had been scheduled…!!!

Just the barrister who’ll send us only a ‘small invoice’!

He says Melissa should get a judgment from the US to get her son returned to her by Barnet Council!

This picture is one of her spiritual encouragements she keeps sending me. This time with ‘Good Luck!’

What sighs of relief!!!

Belinda McKenzie, McKenzie Friend by name and by nature, said “money well spent”. Her personal email to all the supporters whose email addresses she has gathered during her campaigning efforts is on this blog. Continue reading

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@UKHomeOffice @MoJGovUK @cpsuk #McKenzie News

16 02 20 ChiefDear All


Just to let you know, in case any within orbit might be interested to come along, that Sabine and I/the Association of McKenzie Friends are up in front of Mrs Justice Simler in the ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE, ADMIN COURT, THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY. 2 hours have been allocated to the hearing but we don’t as yet know the time (the usual ploy to minimise the number of supporters in the courtroom, no doubt).

The issue basically is whether McKenzie Friends should be charged costs for assisting in litigants’ cases. The Treasury Solicitor is trying to get £2000 out of us for helping Melissa Laird, our US mum marooned in HMP Holloway alongside Gloria Musa in 2011-13, pursue a Judicial Review and avoid deportation back to the US while her then 5 year-old boy remained in the care of Barnet Council. (Yes, that Council and that judge yet again…).

She/we were unsuccessful and she was summarily put on a Virgin Atlantic flight on the morning of 12 September 2013 and dumped in Washington Dulles Airport in her wheelchair (she’d been roughed up in Holloway) without money or documents. The $200 I rushed over to Heathrow for her on the morning of her flight of course hardly went anywhere and had to be topped up several times over the following weeks. She was still living in the airport in by now freezing temperatures in December… Continue reading

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Letter from HMP Littlehey #Survivor #McKenzieFriend #BrianPead re From #Hillsborough to #Lambeth

National Inquiry into Organised, Orchestrated & Historic Child Sexual Abuse

Brian Pead aka Brian Freeman sent this letter, from HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, to Len Lawrence, the Poisoned Pilot whose house was stolen as part of his ordeal that included:

  • the DWP – to stop Len surviving – just as I am experiencing;
  • the NHS – to stop Len from recovering from the organophosphate poisoning that has been proven to affect many pilots and passengers;
  • solicitors and barristers – to cover-up not only the sale of his house but also his right to compensation;
  • judges and their clerks – all ‘just doing their job’?
  • the Official Solicitor as the person who uses this form [an obvious fake – just as in the very first form I encountered regarding child snatching by Swansea Council] to declare adults ‘not being mentally capable’ of handling their own affairs, so that
    • their assets can be stolen,
    • their children can be adopted without trace…


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@SarahChampionMP @Dare2CareUK 4 #Children #Victims #McKenzieFriends #LitigantsInPerson

16 02 20 ChiefIt is hard to put into words: feelings of pain and suffering and the understanding of unconsciousness vs the evil intent of sadists and satanists. At the end of the week, this is therefore just a roundup. Links give you more insights, should you be willing to follow our journey of ‘gradual shock therapy’ until we oppose deception:

  1. the clerk of the Admin Court was used to hound Belinda and me – just as I’ve seen the Legal Services of Barnet Council hound the mother of the whistleblower kidsAre professionals ‘just doing their job’ to be nasty?
  2. Belinda McKenzie and I will be in the Royal Courts of Justice before Justice Simler on Thursday February 25th to defend
    • on behalf of ‘victims’: the right to have representation;
    • on behalf of McKenzie Friends: the right to act voluntarily without being charged ‘costs’ that Public Servants incur by hiring private barristers;
    • on behalf of Litigants in Person: the right to have a witness and Friend of the Court and not just ‘professionals’ who may turn out to be rogue and corrupt.
    • If you want to join us in the Public Gallery, hopefully making legal history, please check for the court number and time the day before on this link.
    • Why bother to drag us into court, when we fill an ever widening gap between those who pay for Legal Services and those who can’t get them for whatever reason?
  3. In our efforts to put Children’s Rights First, it helps to have spoken with Jeremy Corbyn MP. He said clearly that he is “very interested” and brought in his caseworker who not only knew about the child ‘protection’ racket, but even satanist ritual abuse!
    • It helps when I talk to my local MP and when McKenzie Friends and Angels talk to their local Labour MPs or candidates.
    • Is it time for TRUE Labour at long last, even though paedophilia cuts across all classes and parties?
  4. Sarah Champion MP tries to help not only her constituents in Rotherham but generally prevent child abuse by having set up Dare2Care.
  5. The EU Parliament will debate forced adoptions and hopefully come together around a Resolution for the EU Council in March or April.
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