Latin Legal Terms

Amicus curiae

Amicus curiae – this term is related to the word “amicus” that means friend, a comarade Literally amicus curiae means “friend of the court”. The term details the persons asking for permission to join in a case in which they are neither claimant nor defendant, usually to present their point of legal view (or that of their organization), resp. to provide information in a case which has the potential of setting a legal precedent in their practice area. This is common, for example, in civil rights cases and, in some cases, can only be done with the permission of the parties or the court.

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