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Latin. For the purposes of the suit. To the action. To (or in) the suit or (controversy). During the pendency of the action or proceedings. A resort to the law and the courts, or a lawsuit or litigation that may be in progress. Usually this term is accompanied by the phrase guardian ad litem. This refers to a lawyer or person appointed by the court to represent a minor or a legally incompetent person's interests in litigation.

When persons of tender years, or females, are pursuers in any action, the Court appoints a curator ad litem, to watch the progress of the action, and see that everything is done for the interest, and nothing to the disadvantage of the ward to whom he has been appointed curator. See Ad auctoritatem prætandum. 

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