next friend


next friend
next friend n: a person appearing in or appointed by a court to act on behalf of a person (as a child) lacking legal capacity

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

next friend
n.
A person who acts on behalf of an infant, incompetent, or other person who is not sui juris and is therefore unable to represent himself or herself adequately in the action; the next friend is not a party to the suit and acts as an officer of the court; see also ad litem, guardian

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


next friend
A person, usually a relative, who appears in court on behalf of a minor or incompetent plaintiff, but who is not a party to the lawsuit. For example, children are often represented in court by their parents as next friends.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

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

next friend
next friend/guardian ad litem
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


next friend
n. An attorney or other competent person appointed to appear in a litigation to represent the interests of a minor or incompetent.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


next friend
An individual who acts on behalf of another individual who does not have the legal capacity to act on his or her own behalf.
The individual in whose name a minor's lawsuit is brought, or who appears in court to represent such minor's interest. The French term prochein ami has been used to designate such an individual, but the term guardian ad litem is more commonly used.

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


next friend
I
An individual who acts on behalf of another individual who does not have the legal capacity to act on his or her own behalf.
 
The individual in whose name a minor's lawsuit is brought, or who appears in court to represent such minor's interest. The French term prochein ami has been used to designate such an individual, but the term guardian ad litem is more commonly used.
II One acting without formal appointment as guardian for the benefit of an infant, a person of unsound mind not judicially declared incompetent, or other person under some disability.

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

next friend
n.
   a person (often a relative) who voluntarily helps a minor or incompetent in legal matters, particularly by filing a lawsuit. However, this informal practice has been supplanted in almost all states by petitions for appointment of a guardian ad litem at the time the lawsuit is filed.
   See also: guardian, ad litem

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Next friend — bezeichnet im Common Law eine Person, die Aktivprozesse für einen Minderjährigen führt. Zur Rechtslage in einzelnen Ländern siehe: Next friend (England und Wales) Next friend (Vereinigte Staaten) Die …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Next friend — Next Next (n[e^]kst), a., superl. of {Nigh}. [AS. n[=e]hst, ni[ e]hst, n[=y]hst, superl. of ne[ a]h nigh. See {Nigh}.] 1. Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Her princely guest Was next her side; in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • next friend — next′ friend′ n. law a person other than a guardian acting on behalf of another, such as an infant or incompetent • Etymology: bef. 900 …   From formal English to slang

  • next friend — n. Law a person who, though not appointed as a guardian, acts for another legally unable to act for himself …   English World dictionary

  • Next friend — In common law, next friend (Law French prochein ami) is a phrase used to refer to a person who represents another person who is under disability or otherwise unable to maintain a suit on their own behalf and who does not have a legal guardian.… …   Wikipedia

  • next friend — noun (law) a person who acts on behalf of an infant or disabled person • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑agent * * * noun Etymology: translation of Anglo French prochein ami …   Useful english dictionary

  • next friend — One acting for benefit of infant, or other person not sui juris (person unable to look after his or her own interests or manage his or her own lawsuit), without being regularly appointed guardian. In re Boulware s Will, 144 Misc. 235, 258 N.Y.S.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • next friend — One acting for benefit of infant, or other person not sui juris (person unable to look after his or her own interests or manage his or her own lawsuit), without being regularly appointed guardian. In re Boulware s Will, 144 Misc. 235, 258 N.Y.S.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • next friend — noun Date: 1579 a person admitted to or appointed by a court to act for the benefit of a person (as an infant) lacking full legal capacity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • next friend — Law. a person other than a duly appointed guardian who acts on behalf of an infant or other person not fully qualified by law to act on his or her own behalf. Also called prochein ami. Cf. guardian ad litem. [bef. 900; ME; OE] * * * …   Universalium


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