The Judiciary is to reconsider a ban on the charging of fees by McKenzie Friends after a consultation on the plans attracted critical feedback.
The plan dates back to February last year, when the Office of the Lord Chief Justice launched a consultation into the role the informal advisors known as McKenzie Friends should play in the courtroom. Amongst the proposals was changing the term ‘McKenzie Friends’ itself, replacing it with a clearer term; insisting they adopt a formal code of conduct – and banning the widespread practice of Friends charging fees for their services.
The consultation, The Law Society Gazette reports, received “a large number of responses, covering a broad range of issues” before its closure in June last year.
Since then there have few updates on progress but news has now filtered through that the Judicial Executive Board (JEB) plans to establish a new working group to further consider the proposals. The JEB is a panel of senior judges who advise the Lord Chief Justice.
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