friend of the court
friend of the court definition by Webster's New World
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friend of the court - Cultural Definition
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An individual or group interested in influencing the outcome of a lawsuit but not an actual party to the suit. The statement presented to the court is an amicus curiae brief; amicus curiae is Latin for “friend of the court.”
friend of the court - Legal Definition
Litigation: An individual or organization filing an amicus curiae brief in an action to which he or it is not a party. A friend of the court must show a strong interest in the matters under consideration by the court. See also amicus curiae.