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Ethics noun A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another—e.g., for a cause or plea, often in the context of a legal proceeding.
verb To act or speak for another person or group of persons.
Law A person who speaks on behalf of others, protecting their rights.
MedspeakUK A person who can support a service user or carer through contact with health services. Advocates will attend meetings with patients and help service users or carers to express concerns or wishes to health care professionals. Although many people can act as an advocate (friend, relative, member of staff), advocacy services can be accessed through an NHS Trust.


Ethics noun (pron. ad´ ve ket) A person who acts on the behalf of or speaks for another–eg, for a cause or plea. See Amicus curiæ verb (pron. ad ve ka´t) To act or speak for another person or group of person


nursing A person who speaks on behalf of another.
[L. advocatus, counsel, supporter, fr. advoco, to consult]


n 1. in the medical field, a person who focuses on bolstering the patient's role and rights in making decisions about his or her health care.
2. one who assists another in legal matters; can be a professional or a layperson; may or may not work for a fee.
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Despite the tendency of the literature to bemoan even the current absolute immunity of prosecutors, which is limited to their advocatory functions, there are major drawbacks to making prosecutors liable for misconduct under a qualified immunity rule.
While in "The Wilderness" one of Snyder's primary concerns is to establish the advocatory credibility of the poet-visionary, in "Mother Earth: Her Whales" (Turtle Island 47-49), Snyder presents the flip side of the argument for his own authority.
A five-to-four majority also held that the alleged fabrication of evidence was not advocatory and, thus, not deserving of absolute immunity.
109) Conversely, a prosecutor will have absolute immunity when acting in an advocatory capacity in preparation for the prosecution or for trial itself, including the professional evaluation of evidence collected by police officers and the preparation of that evidence for presentation at trial.
Where a prosecutor performs advocatory functions not intimately associated with the judicial process, the Court looks to the common law of 1871 and weighs the Imbler policy considerations to determine whether to extend absolute immunity to the prosecutor.
195) Burns concluded that a prosecutor's provision of legal advice to the police, although advocatory, was not so "`intimately associated with the judicial phase of the criminal process'" that it deserved absolute prosecutorial immunity.