A child who has received money to settle a court case will have a litigation friend to look after the money in a Court Funds Office account until they turn 18.
Apply to the court that appointed the child’s existing litigation friend - the court needs to make an order to appoint you.
You will need to prove to the court that the existing litigation friend is no longer suitable or available - for example:
- They are not acting in the child’s best interests
- they can no longer act as litigation friend (eg they have moved away)
- they have died
You will need to pay a £155 fee unless you are eligible for help with court fees.
How to apply
You can get legal advice to help you apply.
- Fill in a certificate of suitability for the court that appointed the existing litigation friend - this is to nominate yourself as the litigation friend.
- Download and read form N244 and guidance notes - this is to ask the court to make an order to replace the existing litigation friend.
- Use form N244 to explain why the existing litigation friend is not suitable or available - give names and addresses for the existing litigation friend and the child’s parent, guardian or carer so the court can give (‘serve’) copies of the application to them.
- Send your certificate of suitability with your completed form and fee to the court - contact a court in England or Wales.
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