ADVOCACY – THE JUDGE’S VIEW, SERIES 2 PART 7: HOW TO WIN YOUR CASE: GUIDANCE FROM SCOTLAND
This series looks at guidance on advocacy given by judges. We have looked at advice given from judges around the globe. Today we go to Scotland. The Lord President’s address to the Faculty of Advocates in an event to mark International Women’s Day. The guidance- “How to win your case: What the court expects from advocates”. As ever this summary is no substitute for reading the original.
ADVOCACY IS A TEAM EFFORT
The Lord President recognises that advocacy is a team effort. In giving this address.
“I include not only all those with rights of audience, but also those engaged in the preparation of cases behind the scenes; the solicitors, the trainees, the para-legals and others. In the modern era the conduct and preparation of litigation is often a team effort. The finished product will almost always depend in large measure on the diligence and preparation of all of those involved”
Bear in mind there are differences in procedure in the Scottish courts. However some of the points made in relation to the advocate’s role are universal.