litigation friend


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litigation friend

a representative in court proceedings for children who have yet to reach their majority (i.e. aged 18) who require special protection in respect of legal claims brought by or against them. The main purpose is to ensure that settlements are fair and in their interests. Normally the office will be held by a parent but not in cases where, for example, the child is a passenger in the parent's car. The person must be able to act ‘fairly and competently’ and have no interest that could be considered adverse to that of the child. If necessary, the court can make an appointment.
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R, by his litigation friend and stepfather, applied for judicial review of the decision to discharge him from section 20 accommodation, arguing that he should continue to be treated as a looked after child.
This will involve a short appointment at your local County Court which your daughter and her Litigation Friend must attend.
Her grandaughter Chrissy Wardell, who acted as "litigation friend" for Mrs Rutter during the legal proceedings, joined the party.
There was no reported case dealing with the inter-relationship between Article 6 and the involvement of the OS as litigation friend for a party without capacity, and it would be useful to consider this aspect in dealing with the application for leave to appeal.
Mrs Rutter's grandaughter, Christine Wardell from Thornaby had acted as a "litigation friend" during the court appearances.
Her grandaughter Christine Wardell, who acted as a "litigation friend" for Mrs Rutter, had stayed at her sister's home in Bath the night after the hearing.