General

Barristers are legal professionals originated in England. The term “barrister” was originally a purely internal or domestic rank - a graduate of the Inn who had successfully negotiated the elaborate legal exercises set in Hall, which was laid out for moots like a court, with a bar. Although there were various attempts to regulate those who appeared in court, any requirement that they be barristers of an Inn of Court emerged at first only as a matter of practice - a case in 1590 finally confirmed it as a matter of law.

Bar exams were only introduced in 1852 and were not even compulsory until 1872. Present days Barristers are specialist legal advisers and court room advocates. They are independent, objective and trained to advise clients on the strengths and weaknesses of their case. They have specialist knowledge and experience in and out of court, which can make a substantial difference to the outcome of a case. A limited number of senior barristers receive 'silk' - becoming Queen's Counsel - as a mark of outstanding ability. Legal professionals in some commonwealth countries are also known as Barrister.

The history of Barristers in Bangladesh dates back from 1947. Barrister Asrarul Hossain was one of the first persons to be called to be Bar in 1947. Since then there is a track record of many to qualify as successful Barristers. Following their footsteps today there are number of students those who are admitting to the Bar exam in England and Wales after completion of their L.L.B and qualifying as Barristers. Traditionally Barristers have played a vital role in the legal and political system of Bangladesh and the then East Pakistan. This days Barristers are serving in the Judiciary, the Legal Profession, the Parliament and other policy making bodies.