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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We at the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics, a civil liberties nonprofit organization that filed a friend of the court brief on Sell's behalf, saw an opportunity for the Court to uphold Sell's freedom of thought as a First Amendment right.
"Americans do not rely upon access to such a procedure to conduct their social or economic lives," the National Right to Life Committee says in a friend of the court brief on the case.
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If they are not permitted to become a party to the case, they will request to file a friend of the court brief, Breen said.