Persons under the age of 18 years in law are known as minors or infants. Minors may not bring proceedings in their own name. They must be represented by a next friend, usually one of the parents. If a minor reaches the age of 18 years before the claim settles, then he or she can continue the proceedings in his or her own name at that stage.
Any compensation awarded to a minor is lodged into the court bank account and becomes payable to the minor together with interest when he or she reaches the age of 18 years. Any settlement of a case involving a minor must be approved by the court.