Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Legal Dictionary Home

Need Professional Help? Talk to a Lawyer

Enter Your Zip Code to Connect with a Lawyer Serving Your Area

searchbox small
Nominal Party
A plaintiff or defendant in a lawsuit who may not have any actual interest or responsibility in a lawsuit but who is included because of technical reasons -- for example, an escrow company (temporarily holding title to property) may be named in a lawsuit over a real property sale. Without the nominal party, the court is unable to render the judgment to transfer the property. (See also: necessary party, party)
LA-NOLO1:DRU.1.6.5.20141111.29342