Next Friend

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Meaning of Next Friend

An officer of the court appointed to bring or prosecute an action in which a minor is plaintiff . He is not in the strict sense a party to an action but only represents the minor who is. See Youngblood v Taylor, 89 So.2d5037 A next friend is to be distinguished from a guardian ad litem who is appointed by the court to represent a minor who is a defendant in the action. See Thompson v Lasiter, 97 S.E.2d 492, 246 N. C. 34.

Next Friend Alternative Definition

One who, without being regularly appointed guardian, acts for the benefit of an infant, married woman, or other person not sui juris. Same as prochein ami (q. v.)

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Meaning of Next Friend in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Next Friend published by the National Association for Court Management: One acting without formal appointment as guardian for the benefit of an infant, a person of unsound mind not judicially declared incompetent, or other person under some disability.

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