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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Klein, representing the Justice Department as a friend of the court, also argued for an end to Albrecht.
In its July 15 "friend of the court" brief, TEI argued that the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erroneously applied prior Supreme Court opinions on the Commerce Clause, and urged the high court to clarify the Constitution's bar on discriminatory taxes.
Jon Davidson of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, who filed a friend of the court brief on Rene's behalf, said the case could have widespread implications.
It appointed an amicus curiae (Latin for "friend of the court") and asked for supplemental briefs.
One non-budgeted item was $20,000 in legal fees spent by NPA to file a 'friend of the court" brief with the Supreme Court.