guardian ad litem
- A person appointed by a court to represent and safeguard the interests of a minor or an incapacitated adult in a legal proceeding
- The judge insisted on assigning a guardian ad litem to protect the interests of the minor involved in the contentious divorce case.
- In the event of a serious lawsuit involving a minor, a guardian ad litem may be appointed as a representative.
- The incapacitated adult had a guardian ad litem appointed to make sure her interests were protected during the lawsuit.