This group represents each human soul upon death and looks at the arguments for and against why they should enter Heaven or go to Hell. They do not make the final judgement (that is mostly a specific Archangel’s work), but they argue the cases (supposedly in an objective manner) and make a recommendation, so the Archangel can decide.
The Advocates are divided into two groups: the Advocates and the High Advocates.
The Advocates judge the general human population and are the larger of the two groups. They are generally not allowed to influence the lives of their charges while still on Earth. All judgments must be based on the soul’s behavior via the application of free-will while on Earth, and their willingness to learn from mistakes, and wanting forgiveness for any transgressions.
The High Advocates are those who have particularly difficult cases to present. Either because the human has an important role to play on Earth, or those who who have done both good and evil in equal measure, or even those who may have extreme extenuating circumstances for negative behavior.
Occasionally, of course, Advocates go bad…
From Fighting Spirit:
Venus sighed and wriggled, grinding her bottom like a pestle into its mortar. “Do you know what an Advocate does?”
Tazia shook her head. If this was class, she’d be getting a failing grade.
“We decide the fate of a human soul. Whether it deserves to go to Heaven or Hell. You know, have you been a good boy or a bad? A bit like Santa.”
She shrieked at her own joke before drawing the laugh to a sudden halt. She narrowed her eyes to hardened slits and came close to Tazia’s ear before hissing, “I am the High Advocate, however, Anastasia. I look after those difficult cases where the balance of good and evil is often unclear. Royalty, presidents, and ecclesiastical types like, oh, I don’t know… abbots.”
“Oh!” Tazia backed away, her mind spinning. “You’re here about my f-f-father?”