Subversion of the will of Parliament

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Dear House of Commons,

The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is recorded as having ruled in respect of McKenzie Friends that...

16) The grant of a right of audience or a right to conduct litigation to lay persons
who hold themselves out as professional advocates or professional McKenzie
Friends or who seek to exercise such rights on a regular basis, whether for reward or
not, will equally only be granted in exceptional circumstances. To do otherwise
would tend to subvert the will of Parliament.

By way of a FOI request I respectfully request that Parliamentary Chambers state by what mechanism and how Parliament would be so subverted, by the provision of such rights.

Yours Aye ,

J.C.M. Hughes

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From: J.C.M. Hughes <[FOI #513136 email]>
Sent: 27 August 2018 01:51
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Subversion of the will of
Parliament

 

Dear House of Commons,

The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is recorded as having ruled in
respect of McKenzie Friends that...

16) The grant of a right of audience or a right to conduct litigation to
lay persons
who hold themselves out as professional advocates or professional McKenzie
Friends or who seek to exercise such rights on a regular basis, whether
for reward or
not, will equally only be granted in exceptional circumstances. To do
otherwise
would tend to subvert the will of Parliament.

By way of a FOI request I respectfully request that Parliamentary Chambers
state by what mechanism and how Parliament would be so subverted, by the
provision of such rights.

Yours Aye ,

J.C.M. Hughes

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Dear JCM Hughes,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F18-325

 

Thank you for your request for information, copied below. You asked for
any records held by Parliament that support or explain a ruling made by
the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland about McKenzie Friends.

 

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From: J.C.M. Hughes <[FOI #513136 email]>
Sent: 27 August 2018 01:51
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Subversion of the will of
Parliament

 

Dear House of Commons,

The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is recorded as having ruled in
respect of McKenzie Friends that...

16) The grant of a right of audience or a right to conduct litigation to
lay persons
who hold themselves out as professional advocates or professional McKenzie
Friends or who seek to exercise such rights on a regular basis, whether
for reward or
not, will equally only be granted in exceptional circumstances. To do
otherwise
would tend to subvert the will of Parliament.

By way of a FOI request I respectfully request that Parliamentary Chambers
state by what mechanism and how Parliament would be so subverted, by the
provision of such rights.

Yours Aye ,

J.C.M. Hughes

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