Adequate Representation Law and Legal Definition

Adequate representation is a concept often used in procedural contexts and it refers to a close alignment of interests between actual parties and potential parties in a lawsuit, so that the interests of potential parties are sufficiently protected by the actual parties. For example, according to USCS Fed Rules Civ Proc R 23 a (4) one of the prerequisites of class action is that there must be adequate representation by the named plaintiffs of all the potential class members. Likewise, according to USCS Fed Rules Civ Proc R 24 on timely motion, the court must permit a non party to intervene who claims an interest relating to the property or transaction that is the subject of the action, and is so situated that disposing of the action may as a practical matter impair or impede the movant's ability to protect its interest, unless existing parties adequately represent that interest.