SC, noun

Forms:
Also S.C.
Origin:
modern LatinShow more Abbreviation of modern Latin Senior Consultus (but mistakenly interpreted as the initial letters of Senior Counsel).
The designation Senior Consultus, granted to senior advocates of the Supreme Court. See also advocate, Senior Counsel.
Note:
Equivalent to the British designation ‘Queen’s (or King’s) Counsel’, ‘SC’ replaced ‘QC’, after a brief use of the term ‘Senior Advocate’ (see S.A. noun2), when South Africa became a republic in 1961; however, anyone granted the title of ‘QC’ before 1961 had the choice of retaining this title (see quotation 1979).
Note:
‘SC’ is used in both English and Afrikaans contexts.
1971 Rand Daily Mail 23 Feb. 7Mr L. L—, S.C. appeared for Captain M—.
1986 Reader’s Digest Family Guide to Law 824SC (Senior Counsel — strictly, Consultus, the Latin being acceptable to both official languages.) An advocate may be granted the status of senior counsel, or ‘takes silk’, because of the silk gown he will wear in court. Thereafter he or she takes only more serious or difficult cases, usually assisted by a junior counsel.
The designation Senior Consultus, granted to senior advocates of the Supreme Court.

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