next friend

noun

Definition of next friend

:a person admitted to or appointed by a court to act for the benefit of a person (such as an infant) lacking full legal capacity

First Known Use of next friend

1579


Law Dictionary

next friend

noun

legal Definition of next friend

:a person appearing in or appointed by a court to act on behalf of a person (as a child) lacking legal capacity

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