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Solicitor advocates are a relatively new type of Scottish court lawyer.

They came into existence in 1993, when legal reforms permitted solicitors to apply for rights of audience in the Higher Courts in Scotland as well as in the Supreme Court and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in London.

Until then, the only Scottish court lawyers entitled to appear before these higher courts were advocates.

There are now over 300 practising solicitor advocates, with roughly half practising as civil solicitor advocates and half appearing in the criminal courts. Eight solicitor advocates currently appear in both criminal and civil courts.

A full list of all practising solicitor advocates can be found on the Law Society of Scotland website.

Over half of all Scottish solicitor advocates are also members of the Society of Solicitor Advocates.

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