Chapter

The Bar

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258179.003.0023

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

The Bar

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This chapter examines the organization and structure of the English bar during the Tudor period. The clearly identifiable and best-documented branch of the English legal profession was the order or fraternity of serjeants at law, who provided the bar of the Court of Common Pleas. The procedure for creating a serjeant was for the king to sign a warrant for the issue of a writ of subpoena under the great seal and usually involved elaborate ritual and feast. Since the degree of serjeant came into existence through controlling the pleaders in the Common Bench, serjeants enjoyed the monopoly in the court of oral pleading, and probably also in the settling of written pleadings and demurrers.

Keywords: English bar; serjeants at law; legal profession; Court of Common Pleas; writ of subpoena; Common Bench

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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