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11:13 Nov 5, 2008
German to English translations [PRO] Law/Patents - Law (general) / Austrian Law
German term or phrase:Winkelschreibereiverordnung
Austrian legal provision dated 8th June 1857
concerning *Winkelschreiber*. I have found come references to the latter in Google but no convincing translation into English ( *litigation friend* - sounds most odd.) -
I have now come across the term *lay advocate*, which appeals to me for several reasons. It is not necessarily derogatory, it is not too colloqial for a formal, legal text, MW's definition is *someone who pleads a cause for another* and might fit in the context of it being illegal in certain circumstances by adding "unauthorised". The *Mckenzie friend* always seems to be used in connection with someone who is UNABLE to plead his/her own cause by reason of age or infirmity. Any comments on this would be welcome?
A Winkelschreiber might be known in the US (informally) as a 'cracker-barrel lawyer', but I doubt that this term is in common use in the legal profession. Another obstacle is that Cracker Barrel is a company name, and the company employs lawyers (as shown by the google hits).
Seems to refer to people who, although not qualified lawyers, provide legal advice pr representation to other people.
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McKenzie Friend Order
Explanation: I doubt you will like this, and I think it's not going to be well known.
The term 'litigation friend' would not be correct - it was introduced in England in the Civil Procedure Rules (1999?) to replace 'next friend' and 'guardian ad litem', which were representatives, for example, of children or other people who could not represent themselves. Your term refers to someone who helps a person who is not a minor.