next friend

Definition of "next friend"
  1. An individual, often a relative, who represents in court a minor or someone unable to manage their own legal affairs, but is not involved in the lawsuit themselves
How to use "next friend" in a sentence
  1. His mother served as his next friend in the lawsuit due to his juvenile status.
  2. The court deemed her mentally incapacitated and appointed her uncle as her next friend.
  3. Being the only relative in the city, her brother was chosen as the next friend for court proceedings.

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