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CARE PROCEEDINGS: Re J (A Child) [2009] EWCA Civ 1210

Date:4 DEC 2009

(Court of Appeal; Thorpe, Wall and Moore-Bick LJJ; 29 October 2009)

The mother's appeal was allowed to the extent that her McKenzie friend was to be given rights of audience to conduct the final hearing. Not only was important that whatever the ultimate decision, the mother should feel that she had been represented to the best of her ability, and she wanted the McKenzie friend to represent her, it was likely to save time and effort if the mother were represented by her McKenzie friend.