Amicus Curiae

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Amicus Curiae

Latin for "friend of the court." A person who is not a party to a case but offers expert or other relevant information on a point of law in order to help the judge or jury make a decision. An amicus curiae may offer testimony (provided it is unsolicited by either party in the case) or write a brief or legal treatise on the matter at hand. The court has full discretion whether or not to accept the statement of an amicus curiae.
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In a friend-of-the-court brief, Moore's group asserts that the provision in the First Amendment barring laws "respecting an establishment of religion" protects no individual rights--a position that has been adopted by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
In late December, The Interfaith Alliance filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the school district.
When these actions were unsuccessful and the matter was accepted for review by the Supreme Court, NAR continued its efforts by filing its friend-of-the-court brief.
The Becket Fund's friend-of-the-court brief argued that Green's incendiary comments against gays were protected by the free speech and freedom of religion clauses of international conventions.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State joined a broad coalition of groups supporting the church in a friend-of-the-court brief.
In its friend-of-the-court brief filed with the high court, the ACLJ successfully argued: "A stay should be granted because the federal and California appellate courts should be allowed to decide the important constitutional issues raised in this case.
The ACLJ filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case on behalf of 47 members of Congress in support of the federal government's request to dismiss the suit.
The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) filed an interesting friend-of-the-court brief in one of those cases.
WASHINGTON -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), specializing in constitutional law, today filed a friend-of-the-court brief in federal court in Sacramento, California on behalf of 47 members of Congress in support of the federal government's request to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of our national motto, "In God We Trust.
In its friend-of-the-court brief in support of the New Hampshire law, the ACLJ contends the Supreme Court has never held that all laws regulating the provision of abortions must contain a "health" exception - as the federal appeals court concluded.
Americans United for Separation of Church and Slate filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the 1st Circuit, urging the judges to reject the parents' lawsuit.
NAR filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the court to apply a higher level of scrutiny and insist that the government provide persuasive and objective evidence to justify its use of eminent domain in cases where property is not taken for public ownership and use.