amicus curiae

noun
amicus cu·ri·ae | \-ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌī, -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

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City Attorney Michael McGuinness said Friday is the court’s deadline to file an amicus curiae brief. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Red California's revenge on sanctuary laws," 6 Apr. 2018 The Supreme Court’s ruling in Green v. Biddle, in 1821, the first American court case on record to involve an amicus curiae: the Kentucky statesman Henry Clay. Zachary Mider, Bloomberg.com, "How ‘Friends’ of the Court Can Tip the Scales of Justice," 12 Sep. 2017 Potential competition Public Knowledge was joined by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and New Networks in an amicus curiae brief that asked the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to vacate the FCC's order. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC’s claim that one ISP counts as “competition” faces scrutiny in court," 10 Oct. 2017 The amicus curiae, or friend of the court, sits outside the adversarial system that prevails in American courtrooms. Zachary Mider, Bloomberg.com, "How ‘Friends’ of the Court Can Tip the Scales of Justice," 12 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of amicus curiae

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amicus curiae

New Latin, literally, friend of the court

New Latin, literally, friend of the court

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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

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