Vibhishan, the First Amicus?
Justice Dipak Misra, who loves to narrate mythical lore of the yore to defuse court-room tension, dubbed Vibhishan as the first amicus. When Ravana directed that Hanuman’s tail be set on fire, Vibhishan tried to prevail upon the king and his court not to hurt a messenger. A messenger is an ambassador and can’t be hurt, Vibhishan told Ravana. That makes him the first amicus curiae or officer of the court who gives the judges an objective non-partisan view of facts.