amicus curiae

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[Latin: friend of the court or tribunal]

A non-party who gives evidence before the court so as to assist it with research, argument, or submissions. For example, in the House of Lords decision on whether to allow the extradition of General Pinochet their lordships sought an independent expert opinion on the matter of diplomatic immunity. For that purpose they called upon an expert in this field, David Lloyd Jones QC, to assist the court.

Subjects: Law.

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