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Advocate definition

What does Advocate mean?

A member of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish Bar) able to appear in all courts within Scotland, the UK Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Court of Justice of the European Union.

All practising advocates are members of the self-governing Faculty of Advocates. The Faculty is led by an elected Dean assisted by other elected office holders. Advocates may form groups called "stables". A stable will have its own clerks who deal with the administration of stable members' work. The term "chambers" is also used. Advocates can be instructed by Scottish solicitors and other professionals who have been granted "direct access rights". The Faculty has direct access rules that define those with the right to instruct an advocate.


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