infant summary hearing

I would like to know what an infant summary hearing is when in connection with an auto accident?

Asked on July 5, 2009 under Accident Law, West Virginia

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I'm not a West Virginia attorney, so I'm not 100% certain on this usage, but my guess would be that when a personal injury action brought on behalf of a minor is settled, there has to be a hearing before a judge to approve the settlement;  the purpose is for the court to make sure the minor's interest has been properly protected.  It's not at all unusual in American law;  in other states, this hearing is sometimes referred to as a "friendly."


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