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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.) -
John Wellesly Helliwell
Local time: 09:28

Summary of answers provided
4 +2McKenzie Friend Order
Margaret Marks
3ambulance chasing [directive]
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A hint about the meaning

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McKenzie Friend Order

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.

(I quote my own weblog...)http://transblawg.eu/index.php?/archives/82-Mackenzie-friend...

Margaret Marks
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neutral  writeaway: but it seems to be an offence under Austrian law
32 mins

agree  xxxAdrian MM.: Right definition by §1 WinkelschreiberV. relied upon by Tom Thumb's ancestors.
1 hr

agree  Harald Moelzer (medical-translator)
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ambulance chasing [directive]

is called a practice (which by now has taken on the generic meaning of unprofessional conduct) in the US where lawyers try to recruit 'victims' for frivolous lawsuits, thus garnering legal fees (e.g., a small scratch or hangnail is blown up into a life-shattering event for which the victim deserves hefty compensation because he will be 'traumatized' for the rest of his life). But these unscrupulous lawyers are all admitted to the bar holding valid law degrees. In your case, they may be impostors masquerading as lawyers, but it's not really clear to me.

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Reference: A hint about the meaning

Reference information:
Despite all this he almost became a public
prosecutor. But the press revealed a story in which his
name cropped up again, this time in connection with
criminal proceedings and the suspicion of having given
legal advice without due authorisation

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