Friend of the Court


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Friend of the Court

A person who has a strong interest in a matter that is the subject of a lawsuit in which he or she is not a party.

A friend of the court may be given permission by the court to file a written statement of his or her views on the subject, ostensibly to bolster the case of one party but even more to persuade the court to adopt the party's views. The Latin translation, Amicus Curiae, is used most often for a friend of the court; the written argument that he or she files may be called an amicus curiae brief.

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The CLWA move comes on the heels of state Attorney General Bill Lockyer's request earlier this month to file a friend of the court brief in Ventura County's challenge to Newhall Ranch.
The friend of the court brief is an action filed by a person or organization who is not a party to the lawsuit, but believes it has evidence or perspective that would help the court make its decision.
The Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA), Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), and Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) filed the friend of the court brief, noting that the judge's order establishes a harmful "principle of judicial intervention in technology design.