I encounter this funny meaning of disbarred from a local newspaper site (http://thestar.com.my/) concerning two lawyer brothers were disbarred from practice because of dishonest conduct. What bug me is, I’m usually accustom with the word ‘barred’ to mean ‘prevented’, ‘not allowed’ and disbarred should mean the opposite like : “Yay, they accepted my appeal, I’m finally disbarred!!” lol. Okay, to be frank a friend of mind did told me in law terms, ‘disbarred’ means the expulsion/removal from the Bar Council.
But does that means being ‘barred’ is a good thing for a lawyer? :p
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Think the ‘disbarred’ here is referring to the term ‘bar’ as in ‘called to the bar’ meaning a lawyer is officially allowed to practice law. So when they are disbarred, it means they are not allowed to practice law.
just my 2-cents worth
In England a lawyer is either a Solicitor or a Barrister. A Soliciter writes wills contracts and deeds, a Barrister pleads and tries cases in court.
When a lawyer is licensed to practice he or she is admitted to the Bar (of Justice).
When a lawyer is cought doing something illegal, disgraceful, or unethical he or she is tried by fellow attornies (members of the Bar Association) and if found guilty expelled (Disbarred- unlicensed).
…and according to your terms, lawyer should be called as LOLyer. aaaaaah ah ahahaha