An example of a barrister is the character of Mark Darcy in the book and movie Bridget Jones' Diary.
Origin of barrister; from bar () + -ister, as in minister, chorister
Origin of barristerProbably blend of bar1 and obsolete legister, legist; see legist.
Some legal systems apply a separation of the roles of barrister and solicitor, such that a barrister (only) may address the court on a client's behalf and a solicitor (only) may act as an attorney for clients. In particular, this separation occurs in the UK and in countries that use the UK system. It does not apply in the US. Some systems apply a separation of roles that does not match the barrister/solicitor split.
From bar (a collective term for lawyers or the legal profession) and the suffix -ster.
barrister - Legal Definition
- In England, a lawyer who argues cases in court. See also solicitor.
- In the United States, a lawyer.