Definition of amicus in English:

amicus

Line breaks: ami¦cus
Pronunciation: /aˈmʌɪkəs
 
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(in full amicus curiae /ˈkjʊərɪiː/)

noun (plural amici /-siː/, amici curiae)

  • An impartial adviser to a court of law in a particular case: [as modifier]: the Federal Republic of Germany filed an amicus brief arguing that the Convention was exclusive
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    • 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.
    • In addition we have received written and oral submissions by Mr Timothy King QC, instructed by the Treasury Solicitor to assist the Court as an amicus.
    • We do not stand in the role of amici in this Court.

Origin

early 17th century: modern Latin, literally 'friend', (in full) 'friend of the court'.

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