necessary party
necessary party see party 1b

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

necessary party
A person or entity whose interests will be affected by the outcome of a lawsuit and whose absence from the case prevents a judgment on all issues, but who cannot be joined in the lawsuit because that would deny jurisdiction to the court hearing the case.
Category: Representing Yourself in Court
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

necessary party
n.
   a person or entity whose interests will be affected by the outcome of a lawsuit, whose absence as a party in the suit prevents a judgment on all issues, but who cannot be joined in the lawsuit because that would deny jurisdiction to the particular court (such as shifting jurisdiction from a state to federal court). In this rare technical situation, a necessary party who is not in the suit differs from an "indispensable party," who must be joined if the lawsuit is to proceed, and from a "proper party," who could be joined but is not essential.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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