Consultation Response - Reforming the Courts' approach to McKenzie Friends

In February 2016 the Judicial Executive Board issued a consultation paper on Reforming the courts’ approach to McKenzie Friends. Families Need Fathers – Because Both Parents Matter has polled its members and responded to this consultation.  The following pages show the questions and the responses to our poll.

Update: The Judiciary have published their summary of the responses.  156 were from individuals, many of which would be our supporters who's responses are show on the following pages.  The Judiciaries summary can be found here:


Do you agree that the term ‘McKenzie Friend’ should be replaced by a term that is more readily understandable and properly reflects the role in question? Please give your reasons for your answer.


Do you agree that the term ‘court supporter’ should replace McKenzie Friend? If not, what other term would you suggest? Please give your reasons for your answer.


Do you agree that the present Practice Guidance should be replaced with rules of court? Please give your reasons for your answer. Please also give any specific comments on the draft rules in Annex A to the consultation document.


Should different approaches to the grant of a right of audience apply in family proceedings and civil proceedings? Please give your reasons for your answer and outline the test that you believe should be applicable. Please also give any specific comments on the draft rules.


Do you agree that a standard form notice, signed and verified by both the LiP and McKenzie Friend, should be used to ensure that sufficient information is given to the court regarding a McKenzie Friend? Please give your reasons for your answer.


Do you agree that the McKenzie Friend notice proposed in question 5 should contain a Code of Conduct for McKenzie Friends, which the McKenzie Friend should sign to show that they understand and agree to abide by? Please give your reasons for your answer.


Irrespective of whether the Practice Guidance (2010) is to be revised or replaced by rules of court, do you agree that a Plain Language Guide for LIPs and McKenzie Friends be produced? Please give your reasons for your answer.

If a Plain Language Guide is produced, do you agree that a non-judicial body with expertise in drafting such Guides should produce it? Please give your reasons for your answer.


Do you agree that codified rules should contain a prohibition on fee-recovery, either by way of disbursement or other form of remuneration? Please give your reasons for your answer.