Amicus Curiae Definition

ə-mēkəs kyo͝orē-ī
A party that is not involved in a particular litigation but that is allowed by the court to advise it on a matter of law or policy directly affecting the litigation.
American Heritage
A person who offers, or is called in, to advise a court on some legal matter.
Webster's New World
Friend of the court. One who is not a party to an action but petitions the court or is invited by the court to provide information or submit her views because she has a strong interest in the case at hand or a perspective that may not be adequately presented by the parties.
Webster's New World Law

(law) A person/entity who has been allowed by the court to plead or make submissions but who, however, is not directly involved in the action.

BANNATYNE v BANNATYNE (COMMISSION FOR GENDER EQUALITY, AS AMICUS CURIAE) 2003 (2) SA 363 (CC) "The Court admitted as amicus curiae the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) which lodged empirical data on the state of the maintenance system in South Africa and its effect on the rights of women and children in seeking effective relief pursuant to the Maintenance Act (the Act)."

Origin of Amicus Curiae

  • Latin amīcus cūriae amīcus friend cūriae genitive of cūria court

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin, amicus (“friend”) + of the court genitive singular of curia (“court”)

    From Wiktionary

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