Head of State Law and Legal Definition
A head of state is a person who serves as the chief public representative of a republic, monarchy, federation, commonwealth or other kind of state. The head of state is responsible for legalizing the state and exercising the political powers, functions and duties granted to him/her in the country's constitution and laws. The head of state is often designated as the official "leader" of state.
“A head-of-state recognized by the United States government is absolutely immune from personal jurisdiction in United States courts unless that immunity has been waived by statute or by the foreign government recognized by the United States.”[ Lafontant v. Aristide, 844 F. Supp. 128 (D.N.Y. 1994)].