There are various professions offering good salaries and, subsequently, decent lifestyles for the job-holder. However, not all individuals choose their occupation based on the need for money or financial glory. In many cases, the aspiration for employment comes from prestige and respect such as the legal profession, specifically the barrister.
While many people use the term ‘barrister’ interchangeably with lawyer or solicitor, there are differences between the occupations. In fact, barristers hold a distinct difference from lawyers and solicitors despite all individuals having the same legal education. This article will provide information about criminal barristers, how they differ from lawyers and solicitors, and the duties they perform.
As is mentioned, the common denominator between all members of the legal profession is a legal education. Once an education has been gained and licenses obtained, the individuals differ regarding their clientele. A barrister will not deal directly with people seeking legal assistance. Instead, the barrister will work with solicitors who act as the general point of contact for the public.
A barrister cannot handle clients’ cases independently and will require assistance from other legal professionals, such as solicitors or drafting clerks, to prepare for trial. While the barrister requires assistance for trial preparation, it is possible for the barrister to practice independently. Independent practice depends entirely on the type of law being practised by the professional. Typically, there are two basic categories: civil law and criminal law.
Barristers specialising in criminal law will work on criminal lawsuits specialising in homicide law, sexual offense-related laws, juvenile delinquency laws, etc. To conduct a successful lawsuit and representation of their clients, it is important that the barristers have specific skills. An effective barrister will be adept at oration, debating, analysis, and reading psychological responses. While this can all be learned via courses, it is only through years of experience that a criminal barrister can become proficient in representation.
It is important to remember that progression to the role of barrister is only possible after working as a lawyer for several years. During these years as a lawyer, it is necessary for the individual to gain in-depth knowledge of the legal system and its workings. A strong knowledge of the system and how to function within the system will contribute to being a successful barrister. To become a criminal barrister, it is necessary to gain experience in criminal law for several years before application to be a barrister. You may be able to view the educational achievements and work history of expert barristers in news articles online, like this one for Michael Wolkind, and this can show you how long it takes such a person to reach the position they are in.