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Amicus Curiae: The US Supreme Court's Influential Friend


  • Mark Rathbone

    1. Head of Academic Administration at Canford School, Wimborne, Dorset, where he teaches history and politics. He is a Fellow of the Historical Association, and a prolific writer of articles on British and American history and Politics.
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Over the past 25 years the US Supreme Court has seen a marked increase in submissions from individuals and groups not directly involved in a court case. These so-called ‘amicus curiae’ briefs are having a profound influence on the Supreme Court's decisions. Mark Rathbone investigates.