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law agent, noun phrase

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EnglishShow more Special sense of general English law-agent a legal practitioner.
historical, Law
One who, having no legal qualification but being an adult of good character, could, on payment of a fee, be enrolled in a magistrate’s court to defend those who could not afford the more expensive services of an attorney. Also attributive.
[1856 Act 20 in Stat. of Cape of G.H. (1906) 613It shall and may be lawful for every Court of Resident Magistrate to admit and enrol, as agents in the said Court, so many persons of full age, and of good fame and character, as shall be desirous to be so enrolled, and shall pay for such enrolment..the sum of twenty pounds.]
1990 Weekly Mail 21 Sept. 7Motivating the ‘law agent’ concept the ALS said it would enable a large number of practitioners to qualify who would charge less than attorneys and could represent those accused presently undefended.
One who, having no legal qualification but being an adult of good character, could, on payment of a fee, be enrolled in a magistrate’s court to defend those who could not afford the more expensive services of an attorney. Also attributive.

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