serjeant at law

Hist. English law. A barrister of superior grade; one who had achieved the highest degree of the legal profession, having (until 1846) the exclusive privilege of practicing in the Court of Common Pleas.

• Every judge of the common-law courts was required to be a serjeant-at-law until the Judicature Act of 1873. The rank was gradually superseded by that of Queen’s Counsel. — Often shortened to serjeant.

— Also termed serjeant at the law; serjeant of the law; serjeant of the coif; serviens narrator.

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