Advocate General, European Court of Justice

In cases before the European Court of Justice, an Advocate-General will, acting as a neutral in the case, render an advisory opinion for the court. Although this opinion is advisory and carries no legal weight as such, it is followed in the majority of cases. There are eight Advocates General assigned to the ECJ. There is no Advocate-General, as such, for the European Court of First Instance, though in important cases one of the 25 judges of that court will act in a similar capacity.

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