amicus curiae


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a·mi·cus cu·ri·ae

 (ə-mē′kəs kyo͝or′ē-ī′)
n. pl. a·mi·ci curiae (ə-mē′kē)
A party that is not involved in a particular litigation but that is allowed by the court to advise it on a matter of law or policy directly affecting the litigation.

[Latin amīcus cūriae : amīcus, friend + cūriae, genitive of cūria, court.]

amicus curiae

(æˈmiːkʊs ˈkjʊərɪˌiː)
n, pl amici curiae (æˈmiːkaɪ)
(Law) law a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court
[Latin, literally: friend of the court]

a•mi•cus cu•ri•ae

(əˈmaɪ kəs ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi kəsˈkyʊər iˌaɪ)

n., pl. a•mi•ci cu•ri•ae (əˈmaɪ kaɪ ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi ki ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ)
a person, not a party to the litigation, who advises the court on some matter before it.
[1605–15; < New Latin: friend of the court]

amicus curiae

A Latin phrase meaning friend of the court, used to mean a person who advises a court but is not involved in the particular litigation.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.amicus curiae - an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the caseamicus curiae - an adviser to the court on some matter of law who is not a party to the case; usually someone who wants to influence the outcome of a lawsuit involving matters of wide public interest
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
adviser, advisor, consultant - an expert who gives advice; "an adviser helped students select their courses"; "the United States sent military advisors to Guatemala"
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Bar, with his little insinuating jury droop, and fingering his persuasive double eye-glass, hoped he might be excused if he mentioned to one of the greatest converters of the root of all evil into the root of all good, who had for a long time reflected a shining lustre on the annals even of our commercial country--if he mentioned, disinterestedly, and as, what we lawyers called in our pedantic way, amicus curiae, a fact that had come by accident within his knowledge.
Pickwick, my dear Sir, excuse me-- I shall be happy to receive any private suggestions of yours, as AMICUS CURIAE, but you must see the impropriety of your interfering with my conduct in this case, with such an AD CAPTANDUM argument as the offer of half a guinea.
The court also appointed Advocate Bilal Minto and Advocate Khalid Jawad Khan as amicus curiae to assist it on
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui reserved the verdict for Friday after hearing the arguments from the petitioner and federation, as well as several scholars and lawyers, who had rendered their assistance in the case as amicus curiae (friend of court).
Meanwhile, Mufti Muhammad Hussain Khalilkhel assisted the court as amicus curiae.
A single bench of the IHC comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui hear the petition while Dr Hassan of Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Punjab will assist the court as it had earlier appointed him as amicus curiae in the matter besides 3 other religious scholars and 3 eminent lawyers.
Islamabad -- Islamabad High Court (IHC) has appointed four Amicus Curiae on the matter of amendment in Khatm-e-Nabuwat clause .
Summary: New Delhi [India], Feb 16 (ANI): In his submissions before the Supreme Court in connection with cases of so called honour killings by Khap Panchayats, Amicus Curiae Raju Ramachandran on Friday stated that action would be initiated against those involved in protesting a marriage between consenting adults.
ISLAMABAD -- Senior counsel and former attorney general Makhdoom Ali Khan has conveyed to the Supreme Court his reluctance to assist it as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in a case having political undertones since it involves interpretation of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution.
Not favouring any fresh investigation into Mahatma Gandhi's assassination by Nathuram Godse, the amicus curiae said:"The bullets which pierced Mahatma Gandhi's body, the pistol from which it was fired, the assailant who fired the said bullets, the conspiracy which led to the assassination and the ideology which led to the said assassination have all been duly identified.
No substantive material has come to light to throw any doubt on any of the above requiring either a re-investigation of the Mahatma Gandhi murder case or, to constitute a fresh fact finding commission with respect to the same," amicus curiae Amarendra Sharan told the top court in his report filed on Monday.
In the United States, for example, the Supreme Court invites third-party and public input, in the form of so-called amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs.