An Effective Purpose For Special Interest Groups And Public Business Affairs

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1.) When there is a case that a particular interest group has interest in, comes before the court, a group has the option to file an amicus curiae brief to better present the groups breakdown of the case. Now the impact that amicus curiae can have is that it brings policy perspective to the courts in a way that a party’s own individual brief may be unable to do so (White). The amicus curiae briefs serve an effective purpose of advocating for special interest groups and in public business affairs. There are circumstances in which these types of briefs could be needed to represent a client more effectively, such as when appearing before the United States Supreme Court (White). A group will utilize the amicus brief as a way to lobby the courts. These briefs serve a purpose of advising the court in terms of policy ramifications and problems from a particular interest group’s stance, all while guiding the court to a fair and impartial decision. The amicus serves the role for an advocate, but it is more effective if not acting in self-interest, but rather as means to serve others. Groups that try to sway the decision making of the Supreme Court have been utilizing amicus briefs more often as a tool of the court (Witte). Winning in the courts can be seen as a game of chess. Interest groups know the game as well as anybody in the system. The amicus curiae briefs allow for these special groups to play the game more effectively and is, in a sense, another tool at their disposal

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