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Inns of Court

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

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Are four voluntary societies—Lincoln's Inn, the Inner and the Middle Temple, and Gray's Inn—with whom rests the exclusive right to call men to the English bar; they provide lectures and hold examinations in law, and they have discretionary powers to refuse admission to the bar or to expel and disqualify persons of unsuitable character from it; each Inn possesses considerable property, a dining hall, library, and chapel, and is subject to the jurisdiction of an irresponsible, self-elective body of Benchers, who are usually judges or senior counsel; these societies originated in the 13th century, when the practice of law passed out of the hands of the clergy.

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Inns of Court'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/​encyclopedias/​eng/​nut/​i/inns-of-court.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.
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