Amicus curiae

Legal definition:

Latin for "friend of the court." Plural is "amici curiae literally translated as friend of the court, that refers to someone, not a party to a case, who volunteers to offer information on a point of law or some other aspect of the case to assist the court in deciding a matter before it

Amicus meaning:

An impartial adviser, often voluntary, to a court of law in a particular case. as modifier 'he was planning to advance this position in an amicus brief' 'But there's nothing unusual about a state attorney general filing an amicus brief in a case where the law of his own state is implicated.

Curia meaning:

(Latin plural curiae) in ancient Rome referred to one of the original groupings of the citizenry, eventually numbering 30, and later every Roman citizen was presumed to belong to one. ... The word curia also came to denote the places of assembly, especially of the senate.


Adviser to the court, friend at court, friend in court, friend of the court and barmaster.


The other parties were the Official Receiver and, as amicus curiae, the Official Solicitor.

The bench directed that the list be given to the amicus curiae Janak Dwarkadas before August 10 for a consideration.

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