Definition of Inn of Court in English:

Inn of Court


  • 1(in the UK) each of the four legal societies having the exclusive right of admitting people to the English bar.

    ‘Only barristers-in-training study in one of the four Inns of Court in London, which are crosses between learned societies and choosy guilds.’
    • ‘He was only the second Superior Court justice to have trained at the Inns of Court and been admitted to the bar.’
    • ‘I did write years ago to one of the Inns of Court, the Inner Temple, where he had attended, but unfortunately their records had been destroyed in a German air raid in 1940, so I couldn't find out any more about him.’
    • ‘In the judgment of Lord Wynford it was noted first that in England the courts did not have to deal with these unpleasant matters because the powers were delegated to the Inns of Court.’
    • ‘Part V of the Consolidated Regulations of the Inns of Court in force at the relevant time contained very detailed provisions concerning pupillage.’
    • ‘Common law advocates were protected by their membership of the Inns of Court and recognition by the judges, though it took some time for them to exclude attorneys and solicitors.’
    • ‘Those who were enrolled at the universities and the Inns of Court lived together as members of all male societies that were closed to women.’
    • ‘The final great institution with which Arnold had a decades-long connection was the Middle Temple, one of the Inns of Court, that medieval foundation for the education of lawyers.’
    • ‘In England, perhaps, where Parliament was an unmatched political forum and politicians were largely bred in the Inns of Court, the political journalist was modest.’
    • ‘One need not go to Harvard or Yale Law or be a member of the right Inn of Court to serve with distinction.’
    • ‘In their new role the institutions (the Inns of Court excepted) regained their market position, because they married modern attitudes to education with their traditional, and still crucial role of high status collective bonding.’
    • ‘Her sharp intellect, skill in quickly learning a brief and a decent batting average have all made her a senior figure in the Inns of Court intelligentsia.’
    • ‘He was course director of the full time legal practice course at the University of Westminster and head of the business law and practice and media and entertainment courses from 1996 until his move to the Inns of Court School of Law in 2000.’
    • ‘From there she went to Inns of Court School of Law and was called to the Bar in October 1998 to the Honorable Society of Inn Temple.’
    • ‘The libraries of the Inns of Court date from the mid-16th cent. to the 17th cent.’
    • ‘I heard today that I have been accepted by the Inns of Court Law School to do my LPC… alumni include Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher, Herbert Asquith and a number of other distinguished individuals.’
    • ‘Leading the procession was the Band of the Royal Yeomanry, whose official title is the Band of the Inns of Court and City Yeomanry, based in London.’
    • ‘You were a Fellow of and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford, from 1967 to 1973, and you lectured in Evidence and Trusts at the Inns of Court School in London from 1969 to 1972.’
    • ‘My learned friend has mentioned your Rhodes scholarship to Oxford, and subsequent to that, you were a Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, Oxford, as well as lecturing in evidence and trusts at the Inns of Court School in London.’
    • ‘Barristers and doctors were recruited by apprenticeship through the Inns of Court and London teaching hospitals.’
    1. 1.1Any of the sets of buildings in London occupied by these societies.
      ‘Bow Street Magistrates' Court, tucked away among the great Inns of Court in central London, last week saw the oil executive claim an extradition case against him by Moscow is politically motivated.’
      • ‘One significant omission, for instance - which he shares with others who have tackled the issue - is his failure to consider playing times in non-public venues: court, the Inns of Court, and private residences.’
      • ‘The chief ‘theatrical’ spaces were thus, not theatres at all, but the great halls of palaces, manor houses, and the Inns of Court, town halls, inn-yards, urban streets, churches, and open spaces.’
      • ‘In many ways he preferred this church, with its strong attachment to journalism and literature to the historic Temple Church in the Inns of Court.’
      • ‘In fact this building isn't a church, this building is the Middle Temple Hall, which must be one of the most historic buildings in the Inns of Court generally.’
      • ‘Temple Bar used to be located where the Strand meets Fleet Street, one of the ancient gateways into the City of London, named after the local Inns of Court.’
      • ‘Most of the staircase entrances of the Inns of Court have lists of names painted by a sign-writer - as do those of Oxbridge colleges.’
      • ‘With a leading criminal barrister as our guide we visit one of the Inns of Court, The Middle Temple.’
      • ‘Two of the surviving Inns of Court, moreover, the Inner Temple and the Middle Temple, were, according to tradition, closely associated with the Order of the Knights Templar, founded in Jerusalem in 1120.’
      • ‘The Art Workers Guild, situated in the area of the Inns of Court, represented this commitment as well as a practical choice.’


Inn of Court

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