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Latin, amīcus (friend) + cūriae (of the court), genitive singular of cūria (court)


amicus curiae (plural amici curiae)

  1. (law) A person or entity who has been allowed by the court to plead or make submissions but who is not directly involved in the action.
    • BANNATYNE v BANNATYNE (COMMISSION FOR GENDER EQUALITY, AS AMICUS CURIAE) 2003 (2) SA 363 (CC) "The Court admitted as amicus curiae the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) which lodged empirical data on the state of the maintenance system in South Africa and its effect on the rights of women and children in seeking effective relief pursuant to the Maintenance Act (the Act)."