MEANING: adjective: A person appointed by a court to represent someone, such as a child, who is considered incapable of representing themselves in a lawsuit.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin ad litem (literally, for the lawsuit), from ad (toward) + litigare (to go to law), from lis (dispute) + agere (to drive). Earliest documented use: 1683.

ADD LITEM - put another case on the Court's docket

AB LITEM - away from the legal proceedings, behind closed doors

...AND LIT 'EM - they piled up all the sticks to make a bonfire...