bar·ris·ter /'bar-ə-stər/ n [Middle English barrester, from barre bar + -ster (as in legister lawyer)]
1: a lawyer who argues cases before a British court; esp: one who is allowed to argue before a British high court compare solicitor
◇ Many countries in the Commonwealth (as England and Australia) and the Republic of Ireland divide the legal profession into barristers and solicitors. In Canada, every lawyer is both a barrister and a solicitor, although individual lawyers may describe themselves as one or the other. Scotland uses the term advocate to refer to lawyers allowed to argue cases in its courts.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun advocate, attorney, attorney-at-law, counsel, counselor, counselor-at-law, jurisconsult, jurisprudent, jurist, lawyer, learned counsel, legal adviser, legal practitioner, legist, member of the bar, procurator, publicist, solicitor II index advocate (counselor), attorney, counsel, counselor, esquire, jurist, lawyer, representative (proxy)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

In the United Kingdom, a lawyer who conducts trials. See also solicitor

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

a member of the Bar, the professional body of barristers, also known as counsel, or if the counsel has taken silk to become a QC – Queen's Counsel (or KC, King's Counsel when the monarch is male) – Senior Counsel. The barrister becomes such by virtue of being called to one of the Inns of Court (Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple and Gray's Inn). The barrister's liability for mistakes is now the same as that of other professional persons (Rondel v . Worsley [1969] 1 AC 191) having been departed from by a seven-judge decision in the House of Lords: Hall & Co. v. Summons [2000] TLR 554. The barrister is bound by the cab rank principle by which any barrister in practice must accept any instructions to appear before a court on a subject that he professes to practise and at a proper fee. He has a duty to the court that is paramount, so is not in any sense a 'mouthpiece'. His fees are an honorarium, not a contractually due payment, so he cannot sue for them but may refer a defaulting solicitor to the Law Society. Similar terminology is used in the Republic of Ireland. There, however, a Senior Counsel is a person called to the Inner Bar by the Chief Justice with the approval of the government and is designated SC. For Scotland, See advocate.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

In Great Britain, a lawyer who may argue cases in superior courts. Compare: litigator
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Working With a Lawyer

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 In England, a lawyer who argues cases in court.
See also solicitor.
2 In the United States, a lawyer.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

In English law, an attorney who has an exclusive right of argument in all the superior courts.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

In English law, an attorney who has an exclusive right of argument in all the superior courts.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   in the United States a fancy name for a lawyer or attorney. In Great Britain, there is a two-tier bar made up of solicitors, who perform all legal tasks except appearance in court, and barristers, who try cases. Some solicitors will "take the silk" (quaint expression) and become barristers.
   See also: solicitor

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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