What is the difference Between Lawyer, Advocate, Barrister, and Attorney?
- Criminal law
- Civil law
- Common law
- Statutory law
- Case law or Common law
- Statutory law
- Regulatory law
Basically, a lawyer is a person who has studied law means a law graduate. So every person who has a law degree, whether 3 years LLB course of 5 years. That person becomes a lawyer.
But being only a lawyer can you represent any client in court and can you argue for their case in court?
No, you can’t represent them in court.
Its the one who has studied law and has a degree in England is said to be the barrister. Both Lawyer and Barrister terms are the same. like a lawyer, a barrister also can’t represent a client in court. They can’t argue on any case.
When a lawyer gets himself enrolled in the bar council he becomes an advocate. So if you have completed law then you have to give the Bar Council of India exam, after passing the exam you will enroll there you will get the license of practicing in court and you will get promoted from lawyer to advocate.
So if someone calls himself an advocate it means that he has a license to practice and he can represent their client in court.
This designation is given by the High/Supreme court to those advocates who have a good amount of knowledge and experience means who has practiced for more than 10 years and have appeared in many cases and how many cases are in their favor, by seeing these it is decided. once they become senior advocates they wear different gowns and coat and their fees also get increased.
Advocate On Record (AOR)
Only an Advocate On Record can file a case in the Supreme Court. Every court has its own rules and procedures so if everyone would go to the Supreme court lot of time would be wasted. So to save time only an Advocate On Record can file a case in Supreme Court, Case can be drafted and argued by anyone but filing in the supreme court AOR is required. To become AOR one has to qualify Supreme Court AOR Exam and for that eligibility, one must have 5 years of experience(4+1) = 4 years of practice + 1 year of training with an Advocate On Record.
Central Government is represented by Attorney General. so their job is to deal with cases of central government and represent them in court and that’s why they are known as 1st Law Officer of the country. They are appointed by President.
They are also called as 2nd Law Officer of the country. Solicitor General helps Attorney General in his tasks and work.
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