BARRISTER - Black's Law Dictionary

What is BARRISTER? Definition of BARRISTER in Black's Law Dictionary - Legal dictionary - Glossary of legal terms.

In English law. An advocate; a counsellor learned in the law who has been ad- mitted to plead at the bar, and who is engaged in conducting the trial or argument of causes.

To be distinguished from the attorney, who draws the pleadings, prepares the testimony, and conducts matters out of court. In re Rickert, 66 N.H. 207, 29 Atl. 559, 24 L. R.A. 740.

See King's Counsel.

Inner Barrister

A serjeant or king's counsel who pleads within the bar.

Junior Barrister

A barrister under the rank of queen's counsel. Also the junior of two counsel employed on the same side in a case. Mozley & Whitley.

Outer or Utter Barrister

One who pleads "outer" or without the bar.

Such barristers were so called because they sat "uttermost on the forms of the benchers which they call the bar." 29 L.Q.R. 25. They are distinguished from benchers, or those who have been readers, and are allowed to plead within the bar, as are the king's counsel.

Utter Barrister

The same as "Outer barrister," supra.

Vacation Barrister

A counsellor newly called to the bar, who is to attend for several long vacations the exercises of the house.

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