To the left of this page are listed those Lay Representatives who operate locally to this region at the top and a list of McKenzie Friends who are able or willing to travel to this region from their own local area.
In addition, should you not be able to obtain any assistance from anyone listed here, thee is a list of Alternative Resources with links available on our website - see below.
It may also be possible for you to get telephone and email support from one of our members which, although not ideal, may worth considering in an emergency.
There are some links to helpful organisations in Scotland below. As more information is received we will update the links on this page.
Scottish court rules have just been changed to enable Lay Representatives to do all the things a legal representative could do during a court hearing. Lay Representatives have been allowed to address the court on behalf of a person who is not legally represented (party litigant) since previous rule changes in 2012 (Court of Session) and 2013 (Sheriff Court). They are now allowed to conduct all aspects of the case including examination and cross examination, as long as the sheriff or judge is satisfied that this will be "in the interests of justice".
This recent Scottish rule change means that Lay Representatives have far wider powers to address the court than McKenzie Friends in courts in other parts of the UK.
Lay Representatives are not allowed receive any remuneration for their work, unlike McKenzie Friends in Northern Ireland, England and Wales who are allowed to be paid fees by litigants "for the provision of reasonable assistance in court or out of court by, for instance, carrying out clerical or mechanical activities, such as photocopying documents, preparing bundles, delivering documents to opposing parties or the court, or the provision of legal advice in connection with court proceedings. Such fees cannot be lawfully recovered from the opposing party."