amicus curiae


amicus cu·​ri·​ae -ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌī How to pronounce amicus curiae (audio)
plural amici curiae
: one (such 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

Examples of amicus curiae in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Victor Williams, pro se, was on the brief for amicus curiae Law Professor Victor Williams in support of appellant., The Mercury News, 6 Feb. 2024 Presiding Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Clinton appointee who has overseen the case since 2017, tasked Gleeson with acting as an amicus curiae to review the case and present arguments in opposition to the DOJ's motion to drop the false statement charges against the former national security adviser. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, 11 June 2020 The groups that come in, the little flotillas of amicus curiae to file briefs, funded by dark money. Nbc Universal, NBC News, 28 May 2023 Leo’s people spent a mere $6.5 million to gin up an amicus curiae machine that, for example, aims to ensure that discriminating against gay people is federally protected. Nina Burleigh, The New Republic, 16 May 2023 Huber is among scores of industry executives and business leaders who signed onto an amicus curiae brief before the Supreme Court. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023 The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) participated as amicus curiae supporting the plaintiff-appellant. Eric Bachman, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Instead, Sullivan, who has handled the Flynn case since December 2017, appointed Gleeson to serve as an amicus curiae to present arguments in opposition to the Justice Department’s motion and to explore whether Flynn should be charged with perjury or contempt. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 8 Sep. 2020 Many of these organizations filed amicus curiae briefs with the Supreme Court last month, urging the justices to uphold the Biden initiative. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin amīcus cūriae "friend of the court"

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of amicus curiae was in 1612

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“Amicus curiae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

amicus curiae

amicus cu·​ri·​ae
-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌī, -ˈku̇r-, -ē-ˌē
plural amici curiae
: 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 briefFederal Rules of Appellate Procedure Rule 29

called also friend of the court


New Latin, literally, friend of the court

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