A person appointed by the court during litigation to protect the interests of a party who is incompetent.
Representative appointed by a court to protect and represent the interests of one incapable of acting on own behalf, such as child or incompetent person.
Origin of guardian-ad-litem
- Latin ad lītem for the lawsuit ad to, for lītem accusative of līs lawsuit litigate
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition