Guardian ad litem
Guardian Guard"i*an, n. [OF. guardain, gardien, F. gardien, LL. guardianus. See {Guard}, v. t., and cf. {Wasden}.] 1. One who guards, preserves, or secures; one to whom any person or thing is committed for protection, security, or preservation from injury; a warden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) One who has, or is entitled to, the custody of the person or property of an infant, a minor without living parents, or a person incapable of managing his own affairs. [1913 Webster]

Of the several species of guardians, the first are guardians by nature. -- viz., the father and (in some cases) the mother of the child. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

{Guardian ad litem}(Law), a guardian appointed by a court of justice to conduct a particular suit.

{Guardians of the poor}, the members of a board appointed or elected to care for the relief of the poor within a township, or district. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • guardian ad litem — see guardian Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. guardian ad litem …   Law dictionary

  • Guardian ad litem — bezeichnet im Common Law eine Person, die Passivprozesse für einen Minderjährigen führt. Zur Rechtslage in einzelnen Ländern siehe: Guardian ad litem (England und Wales) Guardian ad litem (Vereinigte Staaten) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • guardián ad litem — (en derecho) persona a la que cita un tribunal para acusar o defender un caso de un niño o una persona incapacitada. A veces se nombra cuando la vida de una persona está en peligro inminente y la persona rechaza el tratamien …   Diccionario médico

  • guardian ad litem — A guardian ad litem is a special guardian appointed by the court in which a particular litigation is pending to represent an infant, ward or unborn person in that particular litigation, and the status of guardian ad litem exists only in that… …   Black's law dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — A guardian ad litem is a special guardian appointed by the court in which a particular litigation is pending to represent an infant, ward or unborn person in that particular litigation, and the status of guardian ad litem exists only in that… …   Black's law dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — noun : a guardian appointed by a court to represent in a particular lawsuit the interests of a party who is minor or an incompetent person or of a person unborn or unascertained who may become interested in property involved in the litigation * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — /gahr dee euhn ad luy teuhm/, Law. a person appointed by a court as guardian of an infant or other person to act on his or her behalf in a particular action or proceeding. Cf. next friend. * * * …   Universalium

  • guardian ad litem — noun An individual (often a lawyer) appointed to represent the best interests of a child or incapacitated person for the purpose of a legal procedure …   Wiktionary

  • guardian ad litem — person who is appointed to act on behalf of a child during a legal proceeding …   English contemporary dictionary

  • guardian ad litem — A person appointed by the court during the course of litigation, in which an infant or a person mentally incompetent is a party, to represent and protect the interests of the infant or incompetent …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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