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friend of the court

noun, Law.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45
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  • The friend of the court will take action if payments are missed.
  • The friend of the court can evaluate cases and recommend parenting time schedules.
  • In some courts the order has to be approved by the friend of the court before the judge will sign it.
  • The friend of the court makes a recommendation whenever the court requests one.
friend of the court in Culture

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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