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Amicus curiae

a person, not a party to the litigation, who volunteers or is invited by the court to give advice upon some matter pending before it.
Historical Examples

Well then, I shall call him as amicus curiae; and the defendant’s counsel can cross-examine him.
Hard Cash Charles Reade

Shortridge stated that as amicus curiae, it was his duty to see that the proceedings were without flaw.
‘The System,’ as uncovered by the San Francisco Graft Prosecution Franklin Hichborn

Do you deem yourself qualified to render valuable and efficient assistance to a client or to appear as amicus curiae?
Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight Mathew Joseph Holt

noun (pl) amici curiae (æˈmiːkaɪ)
(law) a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court

1610s, Latin, literally “friend of the court;” plural is amici curiae. From Latin amicus “friend,” related to amare “to love” (see Amy) + curia “court” (see curia).
amicus curiae [(uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-eye)]

See friend of the court.


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