California Police Chief- Fall 2013 - Page 9

LEGAL COURTS LISTEN TO CPCA By Martin J. Mayer, General Counsel California Police Chiefs Association The California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) is well known for its legislative advocacy and the fact that its opinions are considered and respected in Sacramento. What might not be as well known is the extent of CPCA’s legal advocacy through the submission of amicus curiae briefs to state and federal courts, in support of law enforcement issues. The term “amicus curiae” literally means “friend of the court.” It is a brief filed by a person or an entity, who is not a party to the litigation, but who believes that the court’s decision may affect its interest and not just the interest of a party. In fact, Rule 37(1), of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the U.S. states that “an amicus curiae brief [is one] that brings to the attention of the Court relevant matter not already brought to its attention by the parties [which] may be of considerable help to the Court. An amicus curiae brief that does not serve this purpose burdens the Court, and its filing is not favored.” Amicus briefs are important because they can bring to the court’s attention legal arguments an ???????????????????????)?????????d??????M??????????????)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????? A ?)????????????????????????????)??????????????? A ?????????????????????????????????????????????()??????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????)??????????????]????????????????)??????????????? ????????? ??????)???????????????????? ?????????M?????? ????)=????????? A ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????Q????????????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????M?????? ????)?????????????????????????????????e?)?????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????)%?????????????? A ?e????????)??????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????)???q??????????????t?????????????????()?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)???????e????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????? ?????????e?A????????????????????????????)??????????????????9??????????)????????????()??????? ?????M?????5???()Q??????????????????????????)????????????????????A?????? ????)5??????????????????????????e?)??????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)??????????U?????M?????????)???)????????????A?????? ?????????e????????????????????????????????????)??????????????????U???????????????)?????????????????9???? ????T?L?? ????)???????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????)10??????? ?????????A?????? ????((?((0