a person other than a duly appointed guardian who acts on behalf of an infant or other person not fully qualified by law to act on his or her own behalf.
Compare guardian ad litem.
Origin of next friend
before 900; Middle English; Old English
Also called prochein ami.
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British Dictionary definitions for next friend
law (formerly) a person acting on behalf of an infant or other person under legal disabilityOfficial name: litigation friend
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