Meaning of revising barrister in English:

revising barrister


  • A barrister appointed by a senior judge to hold local courts at stated periods for the purpose of revising the lists of those eligible to vote in parliamentary elections.

    The role of revising barrister was introduced in various British parishes and counties from the early 1830s, especially after the Reform Act of 1832 which increased the size of the electorate. It ceased to exist after the First World War (1914–18) when, with the extension of suffrage to all adult males, local authorities became responsible for compiling electoral registers.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times.