friend of the court

noun phrase

Examples of friend of the court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Seven prominent legal scholars including UC Berkeley Law School dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Harvard Law School professor Laurence H. Tribe joined in a friend of the court brief filed by the national ACLU. Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times, 18 Dec. 2023 But the most noteworthy filing in Loper Bright isn’t from the parties themselves, but from a friend of the court brief filed on behalf of four Democratic senators. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 With that in mind, a friend of the court brief by national credit union organizations urged the justices to stay any adverse ruling against the CFPB for four months so that Congress could adopt a new funding structure for the agency in the interim. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 Powell pointed to the success of liberal and left-wing groups in influencing the courts’ decision-making process, most often by filing friend of the court briefs, known as amicus briefs. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 3 Oct. 2023 The Justice Department will submit its own merits brief later this fall, and third-party legal experts and public policy groups that support the government’s position would typically submit their own friend of the court briefs right after that. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2023 Two groups have stepped up and filed friend of the court briefs on behalf of former Portage Mayor James Snyder in his quest to have the U.S. Supreme Court consider overturning his public corruption conviction. Amy Lavalley, Chicago Tribune, 6 Sep. 2023 On Thursday, the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation filed a friend of the court brief siding with Texas in the buoy dispute. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2023 But an indication of the widespread nature of the problem, experts said, is that 25 states filed a friend of the court brief in the case. Taylor Lorenz, Washington Post, 29 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1776, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of friend of the court was in 1776

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“Friend of the court.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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friend of the court

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