Amicus curiae

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Amicus curiae

“Amicus curiae” is a Latin term that translates to “friend of the court” in English. In legal contexts, it refers to a person or organization that is not a party to a case but offers information or expertise to assist the court in making a decision.

An amicus curiae may file a brief, known as an amicus brief, to provide additional arguments, legal analysis, or information that may be relevant to the case.

The purpose of this participation is to help the court better understand the implications and broader legal context of the issues at hand. While the court is not obligated to follow the advice or information provided by an amicus curiae, their input can influence the court’s decision-making process.

An example is the Statement of Interest filed by the Department of Justice in the Nosalek MLS PIN Case: https://www.justice.gov/d9/2024-02/420087.pdf

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