The Order(Parliament House Books Book 2)

By: John Mayer

Dark Urban Scottish Crime Story

For Ababuo

Glossary of Terms

Parliament House: The King himself dispensed justice in Scotland until 1532 when Parliament House was completed. Nowadays, Parliament House contains both the Advocates’ Library and the Supreme Courts of Scotland which are separated by Parliament Hall; one of the grandest spaces in Scotland. Parliament House sits behind St Giles’ Cathedral on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.

The Faculty of Advocates pre-dates Parliament House; because long before Parliament House was built, a body of learned Advocates existed to represent cases personally before the King.

Lord Justice General: Scotland’s top Judge who sits in Parliament House. Head of everything legal; criminal and civil, supervising the government, police, etc.

Lord Justice Clerk: Scotland’s second top Judge who also sits in Parliament House.

Crown Office: The grand old marble building in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, which houses the Scottish Crown Prosecution Service.

Advocate: A Scottish Advocate is equivalent to an English Barrister. He or she pleads before the court on behalf of clients; both in writing and orally. Advocates wear a ‘legal wig and gown’ in court. Although this garb looks and is in fact arcane, the ‘wig and gown’ serves the vital purpose of making every Advocate appear to be identical before the law. Advocates are admitted to the Faculty of Advocates then immediately ‘Called to the Bar of the Court’. The top Advocate is called ‘The Dean of Faculty’. Most Advocates practice law by writing their legal documents in the Advocates’ Library and appearing in court.

QC : Queen’s Counsel: A Queen’s Counsel is a senior Advocate; one who has been selected by the Lord Justice General (Scotland’s top judge) as having demonstrated written and oral abilities in court and the quality of judgement expected by the Judges of those approaching their own judicial ranks.

Lord Advocate: The Lord Advocate of Scotland is the head of the Scottish Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). He gives legal advice to the First Minister of Scotland and has a team of ‘Advocate Deputes’ who prosecute the Crown case in court. The Lord Advocate and his Deputes are members of the Faculty of Advocates.

Solicitor General: The ‘Sol Gen’ is Deputy Head of the Scottish CPS. Usually an Advocate, (s)he performs the same role as his or her English counterpart; giving legal advice to the Lord Advocate and any Depute who has a difficulty. The Sol Gen may occasionally prosecute a difficult Crown case in court.

Home Advocate Depute: An old term for the most senior Advocate Depute. The title ‘Home Depute’ arose during WW11 when ‘Deputes’ would go around Scotland prosecuting cases while the ‘Home Depute’ remained in Edinburgh dealing with the most serious cases.

Crown Agent: The old Scottish phrase for a solicitor is ‘Law Agent’. The Crown Agent is the solicitor (for all business affairs) to the Lord Advocate. Often deals with new procedures being brought in by government. A valued counsellor to the Lord Advocate.

Procurator Fiscal: Authorised by the Lord Advocate to prosecute in the lower ‘Sheriff’ courts spread around Scotland. In each region of Scotland the ‘PF’ has deputies called ‘Fiscal Deputes’ who operate from different buildings around Scotland, usually adjacent to a Sheriff Court.

Macer: As in the Houses of Parliament in London, one who carries the shoulder-mounted silver or golden ‘Mace’ into court to signify that the Sovereign’s authority is vested in the judge who sits below the Mace. In the Sheriff court, the Sovereign’s authority is signified only by a Coat of Arms above the judge. The Macers in Parliament House are often more than mere servants. Sometimes trusted with secrets, they know a lot about the judges they serve. It has been said, that like honey bees, they are essential for spreading news around Parliament House.

Calton Bar: There is a Calton Bar in Glasgow which serves very good beer, but the one in the Parliament House Books is fictional. It is an amalgam of many pubs and other places known to the author as a young man in Glasgow. No connection with any such real bar or place is intended or implied.

The Tranny Hotel: This place is also fictional and again, no connection with any such real business or place is intended or implied.


About the Author

John Mayer was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school aged 14 because he wasn’t being taught; he was being herded. By the 1970s he’d become a successful Indie Record Producer before becoming an Advocate in the Supreme courts of Scotland where he specialised in International Child Abduction laws. John is proud to have had many many children reunited with their rightful parents.