Can you decide who is to be your unpaid advocate? Eleanor Battie – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 24th, 2013 in appeals, litigants in person, McKenzie friends, news by tracey

“RE F (CHILDREN) 14 May 2013, Court of Appeal – A topical case, this, given legal aid cutbacks. It concerns the ability of unrepresented litigants to choose those to help them out as advocates in court. Not an unconstrained right, as this case demonstrates. The High Court ruled that a judge had been entitled to refuse an application for a particular person to act as a McKenzie friend despite that individual not being present in court at the time of the application. The Court of Appeal upheld that decision.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 24th May 2013