Advocate Law and Legal Definition

An advocate can be

  • Someone who pleads the cause of another especially in the legal context. A person, who assists, defends, pleads or prosecutes for the cause of another before a tribunal or judicial court. In other words a lawyer.
  • In Civil and Scots law, the term refers to a barrister who is a member of the Faculty of Advocates.
  • Someone who defends or maintains a cause or proposal. For example “Advocates of civil rights”
  • Someone who supports or promotes the interests of another or pleads in another's behalf; an intercessor. For example “advocates for abused children.”

The terms advocates, advocated, advocation all mean to speak, plead, or argue in favor of something.