A litigant in person has the right to have assistance from a layperson in the family courts. This layperson is sometimes called a ‘McKenzie Friend’. McKenzie Friends usually attend court appearances with the litigant-in-person and provide guidance to that person as they present their own cases to the court.
A litigant in person can apply for ‘Rights of Audience’. A successful ‘Rights of Audience’ application would allow the McKenzie Friend to address the court on the litigant’s behalf.
Some McKenzie Friends also provide a wide range of additional services, including preparation of the litigant’s case and emotional support.
McKenzie Friends often have a strong passion and insight into family law, which began with their own struggle to secure their relationship with their own children following separation and divorce.