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Family and Divorce Law Jargon Buster: Part 33 – McKenzie Friend

This is the next instalment in our bite size blog series in which we hope to demystify some of the terms that are frequently used by family solicitors when giving legal advice and in the family courts environment.

McKenzie Friend: A person who assists you in court proceedings. A McKenzie friend does not need to be legally qualified and their role is to assist you in proceedings if you do not have a solicitor or barrister representing you. They can assist by taking notes, suggesting questions to raise or things to say to the judge or with helping you to organise documents. They would not be there to make representations to the judge in your place.