This is a legal proceeding that aids judgment rendered in or the outcome of the main action. This proceeding is not the primary dispute. This term denotes a legal claim, depending upon or significantly linked to a main claim.
An instance of an Ancillary proceeding would be a plaintiff wins a judgment against a defendant for a specified sum of money in a Negligence suit. Said defendant then refuses to pay the plaintiff. The plaintiff then begins a different proceeding for a writ of attachment so that the previous judgment will be satisfied by the sale of the defendant’s property. This proceeding and writ of attachment is subordinate or ancillary to the Negligence suit.