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Amicus Curiae – Legal Terms in English in Real Context

Definition of Amicus Curiae as a legal term in English in real context with synonyms and illustrations from 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam for GRE candidates and advanced learners of English

/aˈmʌɪkəs ˈkyu̇r-ē-ə / (noun)


an impartial assistant or adviser to a lawcourt in a special case, friend of the court, legal adviser or assistant


Latin for “friend of the court.” A non-party with an interest in the outcome of a pending lawsuit who argues or presents information in support of or against one of the parties to the lawsuit. In many instances, the amicus curiae attempts to draw the court’s attention to arguments or information that the parties may not have presented, such as the effects of a particular court ruling on the interests of certain third parties.

An amicus curiae usually presents arguments or information to the court in the form of a brief. Amicus briefs are typically filed at the appellate level, although they also may be filed in lawsuits pending at the trial court level. Generally, an amicus curiae must obtain the court’s permission before filing its brief, unless all of the parties consent to the amicus filing.

Source of example: https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com


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