What is the role of the Lord Advocate?

Who does the Lord Advocate report to?

The Crown Agent is the principal legal advisor to the Lord Advocate on prosecution matters. He or she also acts as Chief Executive for the Department and as solicitor in all legal proceedings in which the Lord Advocate appears as representing his or her own department.

How is the Lord Advocate selected?

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Both are appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the First Minister, with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament.

Who is James Wolfe QC?

James Wolffe QC is a leading Senior Counsel, and was appointed Lord Advocate in June 2016. James became an advocate in 1992 and was First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Ministers from 2002 to 2007, the same year he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

How much does an advocate depute earn?

Advocates based in the Procurator Fiscal Service as Advocate Depute can earn in the region of around £88,000 to £138,000 a year. Trained lawyers working for the Government Legal Service for Scotland (GLSS) can earn £47,000 a year, rising to around £58,000 a year with experience.

What does the word advocate?

1 : one who pleads the cause of another specifically : one who pleads the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court. 2 : one who defends or maintains a cause or proposal an advocate of liberal arts education.

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What is an advocate in Scottish law?

Advocates are specialist lawyers who can represent clients in the highest courts in the UK. Advocates practise in Scotland (at the ‘Scottish bar’) and also in the House of Lords in London. Advocates are similar to barristers in England and Wales and attorneys in America.

How much do Scottish MPS earn?

Current salaries

From 1 April 2020, the salary of a Member of the Scottish Parliament is £64,470. Additional amounts are paid to ministers and officers of the Parliament. Both the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General for Scotland receive the equivalent of an MSP salary included with their Law Officer salaries.

What are the other duties of an advocate depute?

Advocates Depute prosecute cases in the High Court, appear on behalf of the Crown in the criminal Appeal Court, make decisions about Fatal Accident Inquiries, and also assist and provide legal advice to the Procurators Fiscal on issues of complexity or sensitivity.

Can the Crown be prosecuted?

The Queen is covered by what is known as sovereign immunity in the UK. It means that the sovereign cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil or criminal proceedings. … The law also states that no arrests can be made in the monarch’s presence, or within the surroundings of a royal palace.

What does the Advocate General for Scotland do?

The Advocate General for Scotland is one of the Law Officers of the Crown, who advise the government on Scots law. … Under section 33 of the Scotland Act, the Advocate General has the power to refer Scottish Parliament Bills to the Supreme Court for decisions on their legislative competence.

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