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a.1.Next; nearest.
Prochein ami
(Law) the next friend. See under Next.
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1894) (stating that "[i]n favor of liberty" the court should "admit the prochein ami [next friend]" and that "the aid of a prochein ami .
A limited form of guardianship, the prochein amy or "next friend" is a person awarded the right to legally represent the child within the courtroom; it does not award child custody and is thus not a "full" form of guardianship.