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[Latin, Court.] A judicial tribunal or court convened in the sovereign's palace to dispense justice. A court that exercised jurisdiction over civil matters, as distinguished from religious matters, which were determined by ecclesiastical courts, a system of courts in England that were held by authority of the sovereign and had jurisdiction over matters concerning the religion and ritual of the established church.

In England the tribunal of the king's justice was the curia regis, so named because the king originally presided over its proceedings.

See: bar, board, court

CURIA. A court of justice.

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The court had also appointed two amicus curiae including Director Anwar Kamal and Senior Lawyer Babar Satar in this case, who also could not submit their report so far.
Achuthanandan said the state government and the Travancore royal family ought to take the blame for the gold missing from the temple as reported by the amicus curiae.
39) Finally, Mexico amended its civil procedure code to authorize amici curiae in 2011.
Besides Microsoft, EMC, and NetApp, software trade group BSA, Picture Archive Council of America and Graphic Artists Guild have also filed amicus curiae briefs in support of Oracle, according to court records.
The Amicus Curiae argued that if the Pakistan state were to provide Saeed with legal assistance, the Indian case would be strengthened.
29, which concerns amicus curiae briefs, was amended in 2010 to add disclosure requirements concerning authorship and funding.
8) Over the past fifty years, the federal court system has seen a clear and rapid influx of amicus curiae submissions.
Amicus curiae, a Latin phrase, means "friend of the court" and refers to a person or entity not party to a case who provides information to the court on a particular aspect of the case or point of law in an attempt to help the court make a determination on the matter.
She investigates how often Members participated as friends of the court, what types of cases attracted Congressional attention, what motivated Members to file amicus curiae briefs, and whether these Congressional "friends of the court" influenced Supreme Court decision making.
As is discussed below, these issues were addressed in an amicus curiae brief filed in Strangi by the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (College).
Consumer Alert joined with 11 other organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court in a case being heard in oral arguments December 7, 2004.