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amicus curiae
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Definition 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
  • 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)
amicus 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
  • Both the ACLU and the Justice Department were amici curiae in a case involving an employer's alleged abuse of his employees civil liberties.
  • amici 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
  • 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
  • Word was whispered down our line that amicus curiae meant "friend of the court."
    Melba Pattillo Beals  --  Warriors Don't Cry
  • The attorneys for the Department of Justice called themselves amicus curiae, saying they were prepared to offer more than one hundred witnesses to support the order for integration.
    Melba Pattillo Beals  --  Warriors Don't Cry

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