A friend of the court

25 03 2013

An amicus curiae (also amicus curiæ; plural amici
curiae, literally “friend of the court”) is someone who
is not a party to a case who offers information that
bears on the case but that has not been
solicited by any of the parties to assist a court. This
may take the form of legal opinion, testimony or learned treatise (the amicus brief) and is a way to
introduce concerns ensuring that the possibly
broad legal effects of a court decision will not
depend solely on the parties directly involved in the
case. The decision on whether to admit the
information lies at the discretion of the court. The phrase amicus curiae is legal Latin. That’s whats up
today.

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