OP other than some good advice from a mcKensie friend on here, I don't know a lot about them. But I have experience of a sort of similar situation I am still in. Whilst what you describe isn't helpful, my advice would be to concentrate on your case - if there is abuse in the waiting area then note it and report at the appropriate time, it will come. Are cafcass involved? at 9 your DS will have a say in this case. You will read a lot of horror stories and there are plenty of parents treated badly by the current system but for now please try and keep the faith that the court will serve your DS's best interests. Please don't let intimidation get to you which I know is very hard to do - for one can you sit in an interview room instead of the main waiting area? the only occassion I sat in the main area I got abuse - I don't sit there anymore. Your ex will try to get you angry that way you will not be able to deliver your case as effectively - you will get your chance to report what has gone on but in the meantime try and reduce the opportunity he or his support has for communicating with you. The main thing is your DS and how he feels and why you think that is and how this can move forward.
It is up to the judge whether a McKenzie Friend is admitted into court but there is a strong presumption that a litigant is entitled to assistance and `equity of arms'. Furthermore they do not have automatic rights of audience: It is at the judge's discretion whether this is permitted and the onus is on the litigant in person to justify why this is required (not being able to speak English, being hard of hearing, speech impediments are examples).
Recording is completely out under any circumstances however.
That said - there are rules (google McKenzie Friend President Directions) they need to follow.
A McKenzie Friend is not permitted to represent an organisation but like anyone else they can be a member of one. So if the MF in question happens to be a member of F4J that is incidental: If he is a `F4J McKenzie Friend' (if there is such a thing) he isn't.
If you have concerns, raise them in court. There are good McKenzie Friends and bad ones (I like to think I am in the latter) like there are good and bad solicitors. The MF should as a matter of course provide a short CV describing his skills and experience which is submitted to the court before the hearing and a copy should be provided to your solicitor before you see a judge.
Yes usher heard it; spoke with cab but they said discretion of judge re mck friend; I check court guidance and mck fnot supposed to address court; but recording a criminal offense Question is will I alienate judge if I complain?
It is up to the judge whether a McKenzie friend is allowed into the hearing. At no point is a MF to represent a party. There is a guidance note on this on the Court Service website. I've no chance of linking it on my phone I'll try later. Your best bet is to post this in legal where you will find a number of practising solicitors frequent the board. I am a solicitor but not currently practising. Keep a note of everything. Did the court usher overhear any of the abuse?
Exp emigrated in 2006, reappeared in 2010, saw my son, total emotional disaster, ds refusing contect and now self representing in contact application
Exp mckenzie frined is john ison for ffj. Anyone know about his background as trying to get him kicked out. He shouted abuse is waiting room on all hearings, exp no show this week so he addressed judge and recorded session.
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Help! I feel sick about what will happen to me and my ds 9 years old