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U.S. Courts Considering Changes to Amicus Brief Funding Rules

March 8, 2021, 8:28 PM

The federal judiciary’s policy making arm is considering tightening financial disclosures rules for amicus or “friend of the court” briefs as lawmakers press for changes.

The Judicial Conference formed a subcommittee to consider the issues, Judge John D. Bates said in a letter to Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who chair the House and Senate Judiciary subcommittees overseeing the courts.

The March 1 letter was a response to an inquiry from the lawmakers and became public Monday. Johnson and Whitehouse initially wrote to Bates, who is chair of the Judicial Conference’s Committee on Rules of Practice...

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