Guardian-ad-litem meaning

ăd lī'təm
A person appointed by the court during litigation to protect the interests of a party who is incompetent.
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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.
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An individual (often a lawyer) appointed to represent the best interests of a child or incapacitated person for the purpose of a legal procedure.
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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