Amicus Briefs

Amicus Curiae briefs, literally translated as "friend of the court" briefs, are documents submitted in a lawsuit by persons or organziations who are not parties to the suit, but believe that the court's decision may impact them. Amicus briefs usually provide information relevant to the case that may not have already been brought to the court's attention. The court can, but does not have to, take them into account when reviewing the issues in the suit.

The ANR Foundation has either submitted or signed on to amicus briefs in several cases, most recently in the Justice Department's lawsuit against the tobacco industry alleging fraud by the industry in the marketing of its products.