amicus curiae

noun
amicus cu·​ri·​ae | \ -ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌī How to pronounce amicus curiae (audio) , -ˈku̇r-, -i-ˌē \
plural amici curiae

Definition of amicus 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 The amicus curiae brief filed by Brnovich argues Maricopa County's contention that the Legislature lacks the power to issue subpoenas is mistaken. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Arizona attorney general sides with GOP lawmakers and asks judge to enforce subpoenas for access to voting machines," 30 Dec. 2020 No fewer than seventeen states that Trump won signed on to what’s known as an amicus curiae brief urging the Court to take Texas’s suit. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Supreme Court Rejects Texas’s Shameful Lawsuit, But There Has to Be a Reckoning," 12 Dec. 2020 The bare-knuckle Google v. Oracle brawl features dozens of outside groups that have written, signed or recruited others to join friend-of-the-court, or amicus curiae, briefs. Joe Light, Bloomberg.com, "Google, Oracle Financed Many Supporters in Supreme Court Faceoff," 6 Oct. 2020 Led by Oklahoma, 18 states on Monday also filed an amicus curiae brief asking the court to grant Republicans' request for a stay on the state court's order. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump back at the White House after being discharged from Walter Reed," 5 Oct. 2020 Kris addressed his 15-page letter to presiding Judge James Boasberg, who appointed Kris to serve as the court’s amicus curiae earlier in January, a position that is supposed to provide impartial advice to the court. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "'Insufficient': Obama official picked by FISA court says FBI 'must restore' a 'culture of accuracy and completeness'," 15 Jan. 2020 Aware of what is at risk here, a host of media organizations from across the entire political spectrum have filed amicus curiae briefs in support of National Review. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019 An unlikely coalition of groups has filed amicus curiae briefs. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "A Liar’s Testimony Convinced a Jury to Convict a Man of Murder. Will Florida Execute Him Anyway?," 13 Feb. 2012 Aware of what is at risk here, a host of media organizations from across the entire political spectrum have filed amicus curiae briefs in support of National Review. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of amicus curiae

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amicus curiae

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

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“Amicus curiae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amicus%20curiae. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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amicus curiae

noun
amicus cu·​ri·​ae | \ -ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌī, -ˈku̇r-, -ē-ˌē \
plural amici curiae

Legal Definition of amicus 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

History and Etymology for amicus curiae

New Latin, literally, friend of the court

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