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ˈbær ə stərbar·ris·ter

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barristernoun

    a British or Canadian lawyer who speaks in the higher courts of law on behalf of either the defense or prosecution


  1. barristernoun

    A lawyer with the right to speak and argue as an advocate in higher lawcourts.

  2. Etymology: From bar; the role of the suffix is unclear.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Barristernoun

    A person qualified to plead the causes of clients in the courts of justice, called an advocate or licentiate in other countries and courts. Barristers, now usually denominated counsellors at law, were formerly obliged to study eight years before they were passed, now only seven, and sometimes fewer. Outer barristers are pleaders without the bar, to distinguish them from inner barristers; such are the benchers, or those who have been readers, the council of the king, queen, and princes, who are admitted to plead within the bar. Blount. Ephraim Chambers

    Etymology: from bar.


  1. Barrister

    A barrister is a type of lawyer in common law jurisdictions. Barristers mostly specialise in courtroom advocacy and litigation. Their tasks include taking cases in superior courts and tribunals, drafting legal pleadings, researching law and giving expert legal opinions. Barristers are distinguished from both solicitors and chartered legal executives, who have more direct access to clients, and may do transactional legal work. It is mainly barristers who are appointed as judges, and they are rarely hired by clients directly. In some legal systems, including those of Scotland, South Africa, Scandinavia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and the British Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man, the word barrister is also regarded as an honorific title.In a few jurisdictions, barristers are usually forbidden from "conducting" litigation, and can only act on the instructions of a solicitor, and increasingly - chartered legal executives, who perform tasks such as corresponding with parties and the court, and drafting court documents. In England and Wales, barristers may seek authorisation from the Bar Standards Board to conduct litigation. This allows a barrister to practise in a "dual capacity", fulfilling the role of both barrister and solicitor.In some common law jurisdictions, such as New Zealand, Canada and some Australian states and territories, lawyers are entitled to practise both as barristers and solicitors, but it remains a separate system of qualification to practise exclusively as a barrister. In others, such as the United States, the barrister, solicitor and chartered legal executive distinction does not exist at all.


  1. barrister

    A barrister is a type of lawyer in common law jurisdictions who is qualified to represent clients in court proceedings. They are specialized in courtroom advocacy, giving expert legal opinions and drafting legal pleadings. In many jurisdictions, barristers are often reserved for cases in superior courts where they often wear distinctive robes and wigs. They are distinguished from solicitors, who primarily deal with routine legal work and client relations, although in some countries the distinction is not as clear.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barristernoun

    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


  1. Barrister

    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

  1. Barrister

    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.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Barrister

    See “Bar.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barrister in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barrister in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of barrister in a Sentence

  1. Troy Edwards:

    The matter was set to be heard before Christmas but there was a sick barrister and Nick asked me to agree to a delay, and now it's all kind of blown up in his face.

  2. David Howman:

    You mold your style according the presidential requirements, i was a lawyer, a barrister who went to court every day. Every judge is different and you adapt your argument according to the judge so it sort of comes naturally. Howman, who often represented athletes in New Zealand who could not afford his services and paid in cricket bats and All-Blacks rugby jerseys, has been there through all the highs and lows. When WADA opened in 2003, drugs in sport had already become a worldwide epidemic and fair play was merely a quaint idea. Doping was firmly entrenched in the sporting culture, largely tolerated, if not tacitly accepted, by those who competed in everything from cycling's Tour de France to baseball's World Series. With no meaningful out-of-competition testing, a mish-mash of sanctions and banned substance lists, entrepreneurs such as BALCO mastermind Victor Conte operated in near impunity, pushing out designer steroids faster than tests could be developed to detect them. From a small headquarters in Montreal, WADA has grown into a global agency with four regional offices and 35 laboratories, although four are currently under suspension.

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