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Candidate of Legal Sciences, Deputy Director, State and International Law Institute,
Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Procedure,
Ural State Law University

DOI: 10.24031/2226-0781-2020-10-3-170-179

The author analyzes the amicus curiae institute, which is widely used in common law
countries. At the same time, the author also notes the tendency for more active application
of legal opinions in the courts of the countries with Romano-German legal system, despite
the uncertain status of legal opinions that are not recognized as evidence in the case. The
author points out the instability of judicial practice arising due to this fact: one part of the
judges refuses to attach legal opinions to the case materials; the other part of the judges
perceives the legal opinion as a document strengthening the argumentation of the party
and refers to it in the decision. The author considers the experience of different countries in
the regulation and application of legal opinions. In addition, the author pays attention to
some historical aspects of the development of the amicus curiae institute, which influenced
its further formation and distribution. The issue of the application of legal opinions by
international judicial institutions is also fully considered. The author highlights the role of
private non-governmental organizations in the process of emerging more active practice
of the legal opinions application. In addition, the author characterizes legal opinions as
a global trend for the convergence of legal systems, their mutual influence.

Keywords: legal opinions; evidence; amicus curiae; precedent; position on the case.


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Information about the author

A.A. Selkova (Yekaterinburg, Russia) – Candidate of Legal Sciences, Deputy Director,
State and International Law Institute, Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil Procedure,
Ural State Law University (18 Nikolai Nikonov St., Yekaterinburg, 620027, Russia;
e-mail: beatrixkiddokill@yandex.ru).

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Selkova A.A. Osnovnye podkhody k rassmotreniiu pravovykh zakliuchenii sudami
stran obshchego i romano-germanskogo prava [The Main Approaches to the Consideration
of Legal Opinions by Courts of Countries of General and Romano-Germanic
Law]. Vestnik grazhdanskogo protsessa – Herald of Civil Procedure, 2020, vol. 10, no. 3,
pp. 170–179. (In Russ.) https://doi.org/10.24031/2226-0781-2020-10-3-170-179

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