amicus curiae

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 resolution came after Cross filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Cherokee Nation Businesses in a case before the Arkansas Supreme Court. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, 18 Aug. 2021 On June 21, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and 151 colleges and universities filed an amicus curiae brief. Stuart Anderson, Forbes, 28 June 2021 Dueling definitions of textualism With the withdrawal of the Justice Department in March, an amicus curiae lawyer is now opposing Mr. Terry. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2021 Mountain States Legal Foundation’s Center to Keep and Bear Arms recently filed three amicus curiae (or friend of the court) briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court addressing this issue. Cody J. Wisniewski, National Review, 6 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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, 5 Oct. 2020 See More

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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

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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