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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 of amicus curiae

New Latin, literally, friend of the court


First Known Use: 1612



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