A legal ward was a minor child who had been transferred into the custody of another who was known as a legal guardian.
After her parents were killed, Michael Burnham became a ward of Sarek. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")
In 2269, James T. Kirk ordered Nyota Uhura to run a computer check on Rayna Kapec, who Flint claimed was his legal ward after the death of her parents. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")
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