The McKenzie Friend: Choosing and Presenting a Courtroom Companion

As a self-represented litigant, you may bring someone to sit with you in the front of a courtroom to help you when you are appearing before a judge. This person is called a "McKenzie Friend" (MF). This guide looks at what a MF is, what they can do, how to choose a MF, professionals as MF, asking permission for a MF, and whether a MF can be dismissed by the court.