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friend of the court

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noun Law.
  1. amicus curiae.
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Origin of friend of the court

First recorded in 1940–45
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friend of the court

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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