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Welcome to our McKenzie Friend Quiz. McKenzie Friends are lay legal advisers who assist people in court. For more information on McKenzie Friends, see the following guide:

McKenzie Friends

Answers are given at the end, and references to case law, legislation and procedure rules where relevant.

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1) Can McKenzie Friends liaise with the other parties on their client's behalf (either directly, or via the other parties' solicitor)?

2) Carrying out a reserved activity without the express permission of the court (if not otherwise entitled) is a criminal offence. Reserved activities include, the exercise of a right of audience, the conduct of litigation, reserved instrument activities, probate activities, notarial activities and the administration of oaths. The penalty for carrying out a reserved activity, when not entitled, is...?

3) In respect of unacceptable conduct by a McKenzie Friend, the court may make a Civil Restraint Order preventing the individual from "acting or holding himself out to act as a McKenzie friend in these or any other proceedings in any court". Time limits in respect of such injunctions, depending on the severity, may be:

4) A litigant may be denied the assistance of a McKenzie Friend because its provision might undermine or has undermined the efficient administration of justice. Examples of circumstances where this might arise are:

5) A McKenzie Friend may say they offer legal advice. Is this true or false?

6) A litigant cannot ask a question of a McKenzie Friend, in relation to proceedings, until such time as the court has given permission for the McKenzie Friend to assist them? Is this true or false?

7) At the court's discretion, litigants' costs in relation to fees from a McKenzie Friend might be recoverable from the other party as a disbursement, for which of the following activities?

8) Can a McKenzie Friend liaise with the court in relation to a client's case?