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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Example sentences
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.
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