[uh-mahy-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ee, uh-mee-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ahy]
- 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.
Origin of amicus curiae
Borrowed into English from New Latin around 1605–15
Also called friend of the court.
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- law a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court
Latin, literally: friend of the court
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Word Origin and History for amicus curiae
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See friend of the court.
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