By: Simon B
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Solicitors try to sort out your legal problems themselves, but if your case has to go to a crown court, you are more than likely going to need a barrister to represent you. You may be able to represent yourself if the case is uncomplicated, such as a small claim in the County Court or a tribunal hearing, but if you’re charged with a criminal offence or you need someone to argue your case in a civil court, it will usually be a barrister who is appointed. In most cases, solicitors don’t have the right to act as your advocate in court.
In Scotland, the person who does the same job as the Barrister is called an Advocate.