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Progress for McKenzie friends in Scotland but still a way to go

Following on from our post about where McKenzie friends should sit Peter Cherbi has just announced on his blog that for the first time since the seminal judgment in McKenzie-v-McKenzie in 1970, a McKenzie friend has been permitted to assist a litigant in person in a Scottish Court.  Bizarrely however Lord Woolman decreed that the McKenzie friend sit behind the litigant, rather than beside!!!

How embarrassing for the Scottish senior judiciary to fudge this issue, whether by design or otherwise. If by design we have a word for such conduct in Northern Ireland. The word is ‘thran‘!

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