amici curiae

amicus curiae

[uh-mahy-kuhs kyoor-ee-ee, uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-ahy]
noun, plural amici curiae [uh-mahy-kahy kyoor-ee-ee, uh-mee-kee kyoor-ee-ahy] . Law.
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.
Also called friend of the court.


Origin:
1605–15; < Neo-Latin

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amicus curiae (æˈmiːkʊs ˈkjʊərɪˌiː)
 
n , pl amici curiae
law a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court
 
[Latin, literally: friend of the court]

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amicus curiae
1610s, from L., lit. "friend of the courts;" pl. is amici curiae. From L. amicus "friend," related to amare "to love" (see Amy).
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amicus curiae [(uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-eye)]

See friend of the court.

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