Latin for "friend of the court." Frequently, a person or group who is not a party to a lawsuit, but has a strong interest in the matter, will petition the court for permission to submit a brief in the action with the intent of influencing the court's decision. See, e.g. American Airlines v. Wolens, 513 US 219 (1995).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Latin for "friend of the court," a person or organization that is not a party to a lawsuit but that has a strong interest in the case and wants to participate, usually by filing a brief in support of one party's position. Amicus curiae must be invited by the court or obtain permission from the court before participating.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:11 pm