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amicus curiae


Both the ACLU and the Justice Department were amici curiae in a case involving an employer’s alleged abuse of his employees civil liberties.
  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
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Strongly Associated with:   amicus brief
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  • Both the ACLU and the Justice Department were amici curiae in a case involving an employer’s alleged abuse of his employees civil liberties.
  • The court has broad discretion to grant or to deny permission to act as amicus curiae.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amicus_curiae(retrieved 03/19/08)
  • The cemetery was the final resting place-in voce verbatim via amicus curiae, as he legally explained to the authorities on Montserrat.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
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Associated words [difficulty]:   amicus curiae , amicus brief [9]
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Most commonly used in these subjects:   Public Policy & Politics, Sports, Law
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