John Doe Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term John Doe.

John Doe (noun)

John Doe is a placeholder name often used in legal systems to represent an unidentified or anonymous person. It can be used for both living individuals whose identity is unknown, or even for an unclaimed or unidentified body. This name is commonly used in legal proceedings when the true identity of a person is either unknown or being deliberately kept secret.