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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Example sentences
The body invited concerned parties to submit amicus curiae briefs about the case.
When the governor went ahead with the appeal anyway, he filed an opposing amicus curiae brief.
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