Next Friend

A person who has volunteered to help or assist another person who is incapable physically or mentally or who is a minor, to file a lawsuit himself/herself. In a case where a party is minor or infant, the father or mother acts as a representative. The next friend (generally a relative) is not the party to the lawsuit and his/her duty ends on completion of the lawsuit. In several cases, a written request is granted to the person who has volunteered to be the next friend.