ad litem

Definition of "ad litem"
  1. A Latin legal term referring to someone appointed by the court to act in a lawsuit on behalf of another party who is deemed incapable of representing themselves, such as a child or mentally incompetent person. This person's role ends when the lawsuit is over or when the person being represented comes of age or regains capacity
How to use "ad litem" in a sentence
  1. The court appointed a guardian ad litem for the child to ensure her interests were protected during the custody dispute.
  2. Due to his mental health issues, an ad litem was appointed to represent him in court.
  3. She was assigned as ad litem to fight for the rights of the incapacitated elderly man during the trial.

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