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Advocate depute

A person appointed by the Lord Advocate to prosecute in the High Court of Justiciary.

 

Appeal

A re-hearing of a case by a higher court than the court which first heard the case (at first instance). A re-hearing means re-consideration by the higher court of the evidence led, and the legal issues considered. The courts where appeals are heard are called appellate courts.