Literally, friend of the court. A person with strong interest in or views on the subject matter of an action, but not a party to the action, may petition the court for permission to file a brief, ostensibly on behalf of a party but actually to suggest a rationale consistent with its own views. Such amicus curiae briefs are commonly filed in appeals concerning matters of a broad public interest; e.g., civil rights cases. . . . An amicus curiae educates the court on points of law that are in doubt, gathers or organizes information, or raises awareness about some aspect of the case that the court might otherwise miss.
The central point that Bailey has raised throughout the disciplinary proceedings being discussed in this site is that the courts are in need of discipline, and the issue is whether they are capable of bringing discipline on themselves. This is not “Don Bailey’s” site, however, though his is linked as a resource, and, while his ongoing story is being followed for its pertinence to the matters being discussed, it is the larger condition of the courts, and fair access to justice, that is the real point we are raising awareness … Continue Reading ››