The Judicial Executive Board has issued a consultation on how the courts should approach McKenzie Friends. The main proposals are:
- The courts should take a more formal approach, with rules governing McKenzie Friends part of the Rules of Court rather than, as at present in guidance;
- The name should be changed to “court supporter”;
- McKenzie Friends who seek permission to act as advocates or conduct litigation should provide the courts with a short CV and undertake to follow the normal rules with respect to their duty to the court; and
- The court will not permit McKenzie Friends to appear if they are receiving direct or indirect payment for their services.
The consultation closes on 19th May 2016.