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Showing Your own Documents to your McKenzie Friend?

Does Self Represented Litigant Need Judge’s Permission to show his own documents to his McKenzie Friend?

In England, the familycaught is quite a lot more formal and restrictive on allowing families to solve problems at a reasonable cost. Most UK lawyers milk their clients much harder than most NZ lawyers. Some NZ lawyers equal the very worst of UK lawyers, when it comes to bleeding their own customer dry.

England and Wales Court of Appeal (Civil Division) Decisions

UK judges vary a great deal, in their willingness to allow self represented litigants to have a McKenzie Friend in court, to assist them. Similarly in NZ, judges vary considerably. Before contemplating any caught action, find out who the local “judges” are and what their idiosyncracies are and whether these are likely to affect your case.

The following judgement does bring out the issues quite well. It is sobering reading:

Neutral Citation Number: [2005] EWCA Civ 759
Case No: B4/2004/2341&2693, B4/2005/0341

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF JUDICATURE
COURT OF APPEAL (CIVIL DIVISION)
(1) ON APPEAL FROM SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY COURT
HIS HONOUR JUDGE MILLIGAN
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(2) ON APPEAL FROM THE PRINCIPAL REGISTRY OF THE FAMILY DIVISION
HIS HONOUR JUDGE COOK
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(3) ON APPEAL FROM THE BRIGHTON COUNTY COURT
HER HONOUR JUDGE NORRIE
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Royal Courts of Justice
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
22/06/2005

B e f o r e :

LORD JUSTICE THORPE
and
LORD JUSTICE WALL
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In the matter of the children of
Mr O’Connell, Mr Whelan and Mr Watson

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The three Appellants Appeared in Person
Meena Gill (instructed by Children & Families Law Firm — Solicitors) for the Respondent in Mr Whelan’s case
Duncan Watson (instructed by Hamnett, Osborne and Tisshaw — Solicitors) for the Respondent in Mr Watson’s case
Robin Spon-Smith (instructed by CAFCASS legal) — Advocate to the Court
Hearing date : 28th April 2005
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