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Definition of barrister noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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a lawyer in Britain who has the right to argue cases in the higher courts of law More Aboutlawyers Lawyer is a general term for a person who is qualified to advise people about the law, to prepare legal documents for them, and/or to represent them in a court of law. Attorney is a more formal word used for a lawyer and is used especially in job titles:district attorney Counsel is the formal legal word used for a lawyer who is representing someone in court:counsel for the prosecution After a lawyer passes the exam allowing him or her to represent someone in court in a particular state, you say that he or she has passed the bar or is a member of the bar in that state.
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