friend of court

friend of the court

noun Law.

Origin:
1940–45

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friend of the court definition


An individual or group interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but not an actual party to the suit. The statement presented to the court is an amicus curiae brief; amicus curiae is Latin for “friend of the court.”

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