Appointment of a litigation friend
Appointment of a litigation friend

The following PI & Clinical Negligence guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Appointment of a litigation friend
  • Appointing a litigation friend
  • Applying to end or change the litigation friend
  • The position when the child reaches 18

Appointing a litigation friend

The court may make an order appointing a litigation friend. An application for an order appointing a litigation friend can be made by the proposed litigation friend or a party to the proceedings. The application must be supported by evidence and must be made in accordance with CPR 23.

The application need not usually be served on the other parties and if there is nothing to suggest bad faith the order should be made.

The proposed litigation friend must:

  1. be able to fairly and competently conduct proceedings on behalf of the child

  2. have no interests adverse to the child