Representation Law and Legal Definition

The term representation means:

1. A statement of fact made with the purpose of getting someone to become party to a transaction or contract. The presentation of fact may be by words or by conduct and it should induce a person to act. For example, the buyer relied on the seller's representation that the roof did not leak ;

2. The act or an instance of standing for or acting on behalf of another especially acting as an attorney for a client. For example, Mr. John represented the plaintiff in the litigation;

3. The fact of a litigant's having such a close alignment of interests with another person that the other is considered as having been present in the litigation. For example, the named plaintiff provided adequate representation for the absent class members;

4. In law of descent and distribution, representation is the principle by which the issue of an individual who died inherits the portion of an estate that such person would have taken if he or she was alive;

5. In International law representation is a friendly but firm statement of a perceived wrong. This is the mildest form of complaint that one nation can make to another. This is also termed diplomatic representation.

6. In Scots law, representation is the name of a plea or statement presented to a lord ordinary of the court of sessions, when his judgment is brought under review.