Legal Definition and Related Resources of Counsel

Meaning of Counsel

A person authorized by law to practice law. Also, advice , encouragement.

Counsel Alternative Definition

The counsellors who are associated in the management of a particular cause, or who act as legal advisers in reference to any matter requiring legal knowledge and judgment. The term is used both as a singular and plural noun, to denote one or more, though it is perhaps more common, when speaking of one of several counsellors concerned in the management of a case in court, to say that he is of counsel. Knowledge. A grand jury is sworn to keep secret the commonwealth’s counsel, their fellows’, and their own.

Legal Definition of Counsel

Another name for a Barrister.

Synonyms of Counsel


  • advise
  • advocate
  • caution
  • coach
  • commend
  • confer
  • consult
  • direct
  • discuss
  • dissuade
  • encourage
  • exchange observations
  • expostulate
  • forewarn
  • give a recommendation
  • give advice
  • give suggestions to
  • guide
  • instruct
  • olfer an opinion to
  • opine
  • persuade
  • prescribe
  • prompt
  • propose
  • reason with
  • recommend
  • seek advice
  • seek to persuade
  • submit
  • suggest
  • suggest a proposed claim
  • suggest a proposed contention
  • urge
  • warn


  • adviser
  • advocate
  • attorney
  • attorneyatlaw
  • barrister
  • barristeratlaw
  • consilium
  • counselor
  • counseloratlaw
  • jurisconsult
  • jurist
  • lawyer
  • legal adviser
  • legal practitioner
  • legist
  • member of the bar
  • member of the legal profession
  • officer of court
  • pleader
  • solicitor Associated Concepts: advice of counsel
  • aid of counsel
  • assigned counsel
  • assistance of counsel
  • attorney’s fees
  • benefit of counsel
  • counsel in a cause
  • counsel of record
  • denial of counsel
  • effective counsel
  • Escobedo Rule
  • of counsel
  • opposing counsel
  • sixth amendment
  • waiver of counselforeign phrases: Consilia multorum quaeruntur in magnis
  • The advice of many is required in great affairs
  • Praepropera consilia raro sunt prospéra
  • Rash counsels are rarely prosperous

Related Entries of Counsel in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

Browse or run a search for Counsel in the American Encyclopedia of Law, the Asian Encyclopedia of Law, the European Encyclopedia of Law, the UK Encyclopedia of Law or the Latin American and Spanish Encyclopedia of Law.

Counsel in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Related Legal Terms

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Mentioned in these terms

, Advice, Advise, Argument, , Brief, Insanity, Insurance Agent, Jurisdiction Of The Person, Miranda Warning, Misconduct, Proof, Queen’s Counsel, Special Purpose Or Use, Summing Up.

Translate Retain Counsel from English to Spanish

Translation of Retain Counsel , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Contratar abogado and other legal terms is available here.


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Meaning of Counsel in Spanish

Description/ translation of counsel into Spanish: letrado, abogado (se aplica tanto a la defensa como a la acusación); counsel at public expense: asistencia jurídica/letrada gratuita; counsel assigned (= court appointed counsel): abogado designado de oficio; counsel of the defendant’s choice: abogado designado por el encausado; right to counsel: derecho a asistencia letrada; counsel of record: abogado (el oficialmente designado por la parte y que así consta en los autos)[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where counsel belong
s (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Counsel published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Attorney
  • Counsellor


See Also

  • Law Dictionaries.
  • Guidance.


  • Counsel in Law Enforcement

    Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of counsel.


    See Also

    • Law Enforcement Officer
    • Policeman
    • Law Enforcement Agency

    Further Reading

    English Legal System: Counsel

    In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Counsel :

    A barrister, barristers collectively, or anyone advising and representing litigants.

    Counsel Meaning in the U.S. Court System

    Legal advice; a term also used to refer to the lawyers in a case.

    Meaning of Counsel in the U.S. Legal System

    Definition of Counsel published by the National Association for Court Management: Legal adviser; a term used to refer to lawyers in a case.

    Definition of Gideon V. Wainwright (1963)

    In relation to social issues, a meaning of gideon v. wainwright (1963) is provided here: the United States Supreme Court ruled that in federal and state criminal cases involving serious criminal cases involving serious crimes, the court must appoint a lawyer to represent an accused person who cannot afford one. In 1972 the United States Supreme Court extended the right to counsel even further. It ruled that an accused person cannot be sent to jail for any offense unless he or she has either been represented by counsel or voluntarily given up that right. This ruling covers all cases that could involve imprisonment, no matter how minor the crime.





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