Origin of barristerfrom bar (noun) + -ister, as in minister, chorister
An example of a barrister is the character of Mark Darcy in the book and movie Bridget Jones' Diary.
Origin of barristerProbably blend of bar 1obsolete 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.
- Brodie, barrister, and nephew of Sir Benjamin C. Brodie, was born in London in 1815.
- The barrister sits without a jury.
- His work as a barrister was chiefly concerned with pedigree cases before the House of Lords.
- His son John Dolben (1662-1710) was a barrister and politician; he was M.P. for Liskeard from 1707 to 1710 and manager of Sacheverell's impeachment in 1709.
- SIR MATTHEW HALE (1609-1676), lord chief justice of England, was born on the 1st of November 1609 at Alderley in Gloucestershire, where his father, a retired barrister, had a small estate.