amicus curiae

noun amicus cu·ri·ae \-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


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