noun \ˈber-ə-stər, ˈba-rə-\

: a lawyer in Britain who has the right to argue in higher courts of law

Full Definition of BARRISTER

:  a counsel admitted to plead at the bar and undertake the public trial of causes in an English superior court — compare solicitor


Middle English barrester, from barre bar + -ster (as in legister lawyer)
First Known Use: 15th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One of two types of practicing lawyers in Britain (the other is the solicitor). Barristers engage in advocacy (trial work), and only they may argue cases before a high court. A barrister must be a member of one of the four Inns of Court. In Canada, all lawyers are both barristers and solicitors, though individual lawyers may describe themselves as one or the other. In Scotland trial lawyers are called advocates.


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