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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.
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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
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nursing A person who speaks on behalf of another.
[L. advocatus, counsel, supporter, fr. advoco, to consult]
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Moreover, the distinction between advocatory acts and investigatory acts is not principled--it has been described as "inherently elusive and highly questionable." (154) Kennedy's dissent in Buckley points out that what the Court labels "investigation" could easily be termed "preparation for trial." (155) Preparatory actions should be protected.
Brugmann doesn't publish a powerful daily or run a broadcast empire--he just puts out the gritty, openly advocatory weekly San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Therefore, we must wonder how effective advocatory representation can be.
The advocatory purpose of the Jalayir-namih comes through clearly when the poet contrasts the military valor of the crown prince with his pleasure-seeking father and his rapacious or lethargic brothers.
County of Douglas set forth a test to determine whether a prosecutor's activities are investigative or advocatory, which looks at whether the challenged conduct occurs prior to the filing of criminal charges and whether it more closely resembles traditional police conductor prosecutorial conduct.
A unanimous Supreme Court held that the prosecutor's statements to the press were non-advocatory and, thus, not entitled to absolute immunity.(101) The common law did not absolutely immunize out-of-court statements to the press, but it limited immunity for defamatory statements to those made during, and relevant to, judicial proceedings.(102) Furthermore, under the functional approach established in Imbler, comments to the media neither fall under the prosecutor's advocatory role nor connect to the judicial process.(103)