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amicus curiae
From Latin: "a friend of the court".

People may initiate petitions on behalf of others, perhaps for someone who is in prison.

Such amicus briefs are designed to present legal arguments or facts on behalf of someone else. Such a person is allowed to appear in court or to file a brief even though he/she has no right to participate in the litigation otherwise.

This entry is located in the following unit: Criminal Court Words or Judicial Terms + (page 3)