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Amicus curiae

Definition of the noun amicus curiae

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noun - plural: amici curiae

  1. an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case; usually someone who wants to influence the outcome of a lawsuit involving matters of wide public interest

Alternative definition of the noun amicus curiae


  1. [legal] a person/entity who has been allowed by the court to plead or make submissions but who, however, is not directly involved in the action.

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America (2015)

by David Schultz, John R. Vile

Amicus curiae (Latin, meaning “friend of the court”) is a term used for written legal arguments (called briefs) filed by persons and organizations not a party to a case before the U.S. Supreme Court but who nonetheless seek to influence the ...

Google previewMellinkoff's Dictionary of American Legal Usage (2009)

by David Mellinkoff

amicus brief [1569 amicus curiae. amicus curiae (L., uh-MEEK-us CURE-ee-eye: friend of the court). pl. amici curiae: someone not a party to the litigation, but usually favoring one of the parties, and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of International Trade Organizations and Agreements (2011)

by Patrick Holden

Amicus curiae This organization was established by an agreement between Venezuela and Cuba in 2004. Another seven countries joined before the decade was out: ...

Google previewThe Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary (2015)

Quick Reference by Stephen Michael Sheppard

AMICUS CURIAE (FRIEND OF THE COURT) A nonparty with an interest or expertise in a case who informs the court on a matter of law or of fact. See also: COURT CURIAE BRIEF ; LAWYER; BRIEF, AMICUS BRIEF (AMICUS ). AMNESTY Act ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of American Law (2009)

by David Andrew Schultz

Amicus curiae briefs are more frequently filed at the appellate level than in trial courts. The reasons for this are associated with the cost of filing amicus ...

Google previewNolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary (2009)

by Gerald N. Hill, Kathleen Hill

amicus see: amicus curiae amicus curiae Latin for “friend of the court,” a person or organization that is not a party to a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Religion and Politics (2014)

by Paul A. Djupe, Laura R. Olson

amicus curiae briefs 29 decision in EVERSON V . BOARD OF EDUCATION ( 1947), in which the Supreme Court upheld state transportation reimbursements to parents of parochial school children. Leaders in the group were concerned that ...

Google previewLegal Dictionary of Food Security in the World (2013)

by François Collart Dutilleul, Jean-Philippe Bugnicourt

The amicus curiae is traditionally appointed in exceptional cases at the instance of the judge, and generally this would be a judge in a Common Law ( Englishspeaking) country; however, once appointed they may intervene at any time, though ...

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