ATTORNEY AT LAW

 

Attorney at law is a word used to refer to a practicing lawyer in a specific jurisdiction. In Canada, attorney at law is used in Quebec only. The term attorney at law originated from the verb to attorn.  The verb to attorn simply means to transfer one’s right and the obligations to another person.   The term was used in jurisdictions of England and Wales, in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.  The word was commonly used by the lawyers who practiced the law in common law court.  These lawyers were the officers of the court and were also under judicial supervision.  The lawyers who practiced in the court of equity were termed to be more respectable than the attorneys and by 19th century they were calling themselves solicitors.  The term attorney was abolished by the Supreme Court of Judicature Act in 1873.  In United State attorney applies to a lawyer. But in the UK those practicing the law are divided into the barristers and solicitors. Barristers are lawyers who represent the client in the open court and appears at a bar.  The barristers do not deal with the client directly but the solicitors do.

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