A body of barristers of the highest degree, sworn to serve the King's people in their causes.
   The Judges of the High Court, prior to the Judicature Act, 1873, were required to have taken this degree, if they had not already done so.
   Of high antiquity, mentioned as existing in the statute of Westminster.

A Dictionary of London. . 1918.

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