guardian ad litem

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to guardian ad litem: legal guardian

guardian ad litem

[ad lī′təm]
Etymology: L, ad litem, to litigate
(in law) a person who is appointed by a court to prosecute or defend a suit for an infant or an incapacitated person. A guardian ad litem is sometimes appointed when a person's life is in imminent danger and that person refuses treatment.
(1) A person authorised under applicable state or local law to give permission on behalf of a child for general medical care
(2) A person, usually an attorney, who is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child or persons of 'diminished capacity'

guard·i·an ad li·tem

(gahrdē-ăn ad lītem)
Latin phrase meaning a person with a legal authority and corresponding duty to care for the personal and property interests of another person, although rights and responsibilities vary by governmental jurisdiction.

guardian ad litem,

n a person appointed by the court to represent a child's or incapacitated person's best interests during legal proceedings.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
In the panel's final report, released on May 28, 2002, the panel put as its highest priority that a guardian ad litem (GAL) be appointed for every child in state supervision, stating, "If there is any program that costs the least and benefits the most, this is it.
However, more complex cases require additional work by the guardian ad litem.
102) When necessary the court would appoint a guardian ad litem to make decisions for the child.
Wolfson also expressed his belief that "due process requires that the ward's interests continue to be represented in all further proceedings herein" by a guardian ad litem or "other appropriate fiduciary.
The standard adds that for children who cannot express a preference, the attorney should try to determine the child's wishes or request appointment of a guardian ad litem.
Mayor Jeri Muoio today announced that The Florida Guardian ad Litem Program recognized its Palm Beach County volunteers and honored Jim Sackett, WPTV anchor with a special award.
Tenders are invited for this is a request for information (rfi) for guardian ad litem services.
Chaired by Amy Borman, the circuit's general counsel, attendance at the breakfast included more than 90 new attorneys, 25 judges, representatives of legal aid and guardian ad litem programs, and attorneys representing 17 voluntary bar associations.
Congress shall, within two years of ratification hereof, establish a system whereby every animal or group of animals who does not have a guardian shall be provided a guardian ad litem when necessary to protect the rights of the animal or group.
She has extensive experience in family law matters as an attorney and as a guardian ad litem.
Representation for Children in the Florida Dependency System," June 2013), I feel compelled to address some of the points in her article as she presents a misleading and incorrect characterization of Florida's dependency system and the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program.