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Reissued President's Guidance: McKenzie Friends
Date:17 OCT 2008

17/10/2008 - In the light of the recent decision of Munby J in the case of Re N (A child) (McKenzie Friend: Rights of Audience)[2008]EWHC 2042(Fam), the President's Guidance of 14 April 2008 requires amendment to the penultimate paragraph headed Rights of Audience". The Guidance of 14 April is therefore now withdrawn and the Guidance below is its reissued form.

In the light of the growth of litigants in person in all levels of family court, the President issues this guidance, which supersedes that of 13 May 2005 [2005] Fam Law 405, and is to be regarded as a reminder that the attendance of a McKenzie friend will often be of advantage to the court in ensuring the litigant in person receives a fair hearing.