amicus curiae

amicus cu·ri·ae

noun \-ˈkyr-ē-ˌī, -ˈkr-, -i-ˌē\
plural amici curiae

Definition of AMICUS CURIAE

:  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


New Latin, literally, friend of the court
First Known Use: 1612

amicus curiae

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

(Latin: “friend of the court”) One who assists a court by furnishing information or advice regarding questions of law or fact. A person (or other entity, such as a state government) who is not a party to a particular lawsuit but nevertheless has a strong interest in it may be allowed, by leave of the court, to file an amicus curiae brief, a statement of particular views on the subject matter of the lawsuit. Such briefs are often filed in cases involving public-interest matters (e.g., entitlement programs, consumer protection, civil rights).


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