Definition of Inn of Court in English:

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Inn of Court


1(In the UK) each of the four legal societies having the exclusive right of admitting people to the English bar.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1Any of the sets of buildings in London occupied by these societies.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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