In an act of 1859 the practice was thrown open to barristers and to attorneys and solicitors.
They preferred an unwritten law, as Prutz suggests, partly because it suited the barristers (who often belonged to the baronage, for the Frankish nobles were "great pleaders in court and out of court"), and partly because the high court was left unbound so long as there was no written code.
In England red vestments are worn at the mass (of the Holy Spirit) attended by the Roman Catholic judges and barristers at the opening of term, the so-called "Red Mass."
The election judges appoint a number of barristers, not exceeding five, as commissioners to try such petitions.
Judges of appeal are appointed by the king for life from lists of eligible barristers prepared by the senate and the courts.