indispensable party
indispensable party see party 1b

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

indispensable party
n.
A party who has such an important interest in a lawsuit that the judgment cannot be issued without his or her presence; see also joinder

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


indispensable party
A person or entity (such as a corporation) that must be included in a lawsuit in order for the court to render a final judgment. For example, if a person sues his neighbors to force them to prune a tree that poses a danger to his house, the lawsuit must name all owners of the relevant property.
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Homeowners
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Renters' & Tenants' Rights
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


indispensable party
n. A party who must be included in the case, due to the inevitability of his or her interests being affected by the court's judgment in same.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


indispensable party
An individual who has an interest in the substantive issue of a legal action of such a nature that a final decree cannot be handed down without that interest being affected or without leaving the controversy in a condition whereby its final determination would be totally unconscionable.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


indispensable party
An individual who has an interest in the substantive issue of a legal action of such a nature that a final decree cannot be handed down without that interest being affected or without leaving the controversy in a condition whereby its final determination would be totally unconscionable.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

indispensable party
n.
   a person or entity which must be included in a lawsuit so that the court can make a final judgment or order that will conclude the controversy. Example: Ned Neighbor brings an action to enforce his claimed right to cross the property of Oliver and Olivia Owner, but only names Oliver as a defendant. To make it possible for the court to order the property owners to honor Ned's easement, Olivia as a co-owner is an indispensable party. The procedural solution is for Neighbor to amend his complaint or petition to join Olivia as a defendant.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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