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amicus curiae

noun amicus cu·ri·ae \-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌī, -ˈku̇r-, -i-ˌē\

Definition of amicus curiae

plural

amici curiae

  1. :  one (as a professional person or organization) that is not a party to a particular litigation but that is permitted by the court to advise it in respect to some matter of law that directly affects the case in question



Origin and Etymology of amicus curiae

New Latin, literally, friend of the court


First Known Use: 1612


Law Dictionary

amicus curiae

noun amicus cu·ri·ae \-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌī, -ˈku̇r-, -ē-ˌē\

Legal Definition of amicus curiae

plural

amici curiae

  1. :  one (as an individual or organization) that is not a party to a particular lawsuit but is allowed to advise the court regarding a point of law or fact directly concerning the lawsuit <an amicus curiae must file its brief…no later than 7 days after the principal brief — Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 29> —called also friend of the court



Origin and Etymology of amicus curiae

New Latin, literally, friend of the court



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