The Trial(Parliament House Books Book 1)

By: John Mayer

Dark Urban Scottish Crime Story

~ The Parliament House Books ~

Book One


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When Glaswegian Brogan McLane completes many years of university education and legal training he crosses that great divide from Glasgow to Edinburgh. 'Called' to the Bar of the Scottish Supreme Court, he becomes a member of the most prestigious club in Scotland; The Faculty of Advocates in Parliament House. With expectations of justice for all and learning from the best, instead what he finds is Low Life in High Places in the Old Town.

About the Author

John Mayer would love to be a top-flight blues guitar player and have dated Jennifer Aniston. But all he ever did in life was to be a 1970s Indie Record Producer before becoming a top-flight Advocate in the Supreme Court of Scotland where he specialised in international child abduction: rescuing the children, not abducting them, of course.

In his youth, John was shot! Twice! Once in Glasgow, Scotland and once in New York City. John attacks everything he does with an intellectual passion as hot as the fires of Hell. And that's what he brings to his first novel in the Parliament House Books. It's called The Trial.

Glossary of Terms

Parliament House: The King himself dispensed justice in Scotland until 1532 when Parliament House (PH) was completed. 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. 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.

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 wears a 'wig and gown' in court. Advocates are admitted to the Faculty of Advocates by being '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.

Lord Advocate: The Lord Advocate of Scotland is the head of the Scottish Crown Prosecution Service. He has a team of 'Advocate Deputes' who are Advocates who prosecute the Crown case in court. The Lord Advocate and his Deputes are usually 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 is also an Advocate and may occasionally prosecute a difficult Crown case in court.

Home Advocate Depute: An old term for the 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 acts as 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.

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.

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 labourers; sometimes trusted with secrets, they know a lot about the judges they serve.

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