The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Advocation \Ad`vo*ca"tion\, n. [L. advocatio: cf. OF. avocation.
1. The act of advocating or pleading; plea; advocacy.
The holy Jesus . . . sits in heaven in a perpetual
advocation for us. --Jer. Taylor.
2. Advowson. [Obs.]
The donations or advocations of church livings.
3. (Scots Law) The process of removing a cause from an
inferior court to the supreme court. --Bell.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
ADVOCATION, Scotch law. A writing drawn up in the form of a petition, called
a bill of advocation, by which a party in an action applies to the supreme
court to advocate its cause, and to call the action out of an inferior court
to itself. Letters of advocation, are the decree or warrant of the supreme
court or court of sessions, discharging the inferior tribunal from all
further proceedings in the matter, and advocating the action to itself.
This proceeding is similar to a certiorari (q.v.) issuing out of a superior
court for the removal of a cause from an inferior.