Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2010

Abstract

A term commonly used in both common law and civil law jurisdictions and in domestic and international tribunals is the Latin term amicus curiae or a 'friend of the court'. Who is this friend of the court and what is his role in legal proceedings? Largely because of the remarkable manner in which this ancient institution has developed in different legal systems and been used differently even in countries sharing a common legal tradition, such as the United States and the Commonwealth countries, the important question is whether the amicus curiae can still be considered a 'friend' of any tribunal or decision maker. Has this friendship been well maintained or significantly abused over the years?

Keywords

Amicus Curiae, Friend of the Court

Discipline

Comparative and Foreign Law

Research Areas

Law, Society and Governance

Publication

Singapore Journal of Legal Studies

Volume

2010

Issue

2

First Page

352

Last Page

374

ISSN

0218-2173

Publisher

National University of Singapore Faculty of Law

Additional URL

http://law.nus.edu.sg/sjls/current.asp

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