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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With no less than eight references to Thucydides in five conversational chapters, Gray files a kind of amicus curae brief for Robert Kagan's widely circulated argument in Of Power and Paradise.
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and other legislators said they will file an amicus curae brief in support of NRDC's effort to overturn the suspension.
Contempt Judge Nicola Lettieri pushed back the start of proceedings by four weeks, following the filing of an amended indictment and request for postponement by Amicus Curae Prosecutor Kenneth Scott.