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The McKenzie Friend: Choosing and Presenting a Courtroom Companion

As a self-represented litigant, you may bring someone to sit with you at the front of a courtroom when you are appearing before a judge or master. You must ask the judge for permission for this person – often a friend or family member - to sit beside you and help you through the process.

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representing yourself, defending yourself, self-advocacy, self-help, self-represented litigants, SRL, SRLs, DIY, support, friends, family, courtroom helpers, courtroom companions