a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution
A lawyer with the right to speak and argue as an advocate in higher lawcourts.
Origin: From bar; the role of the suffix is unclear.
counselor at law; a counsel admitted to plead at the bar, and undertake the public trial of causes, as distinguished from an attorney or solicitor. See Attorney
A Barrister also termed as Barrister-at-Law or Bar-at-Law is a member of one of the two classes of lawyer found in many common law jurisdictions with split legal professions. Barristers specialize in courtroom advocacy, drafting legal pleadings, and giving expert legal opinions. They can be contrasted with solicitors – the other class of lawyer in split professions – who have more direct access to clients, and may do transactional-type legal work. Barristers are rarely hired by clients directly but instead are retained by solicitors to act on behalf of clients. The historical difference between the two professions – and the only essential difference in England and Wales today – is that solicitors are attorneys, which means that they can act in the place of their client for legal purposes and may conduct litigation on their behalf by making applications to the court, writing letters in litigation to the client's opponent, and so on. A barrister is not an attorney and is usually forbidden, either by law or professional rules or both, from "conducting" litigation. This means that, while the barrister speaks on the client's behalf in court, he or she can do so only when instructed by a solicitor or certain other qualified professional clients, such as patent agents.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
bar′is-tėr, n. one who is qualified to plead at the bar in an English or Irish law-court.—adj. Barristēr′ial.—n. Bar′ristership.—Revising barrister, a barrister appointed annually by the English judges to revise the lists and settle who are the persons entitled to vote for members of parliament. [From barra, bar, the suffix being undetermined.]
The numerical value of BARRISTER in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of BARRISTER in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- Anwältin, Barrister, Rechtsanwalt, Rechtsanwältin, AnwaltGerman
- bâtonnier, avocatFrench
- עוֹרֵך דִיןHebrew
- advocate, advocaatDutch
- адвока́т, ба́рристерRussian
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