Interesting Anecdotes on legal phrases:

Before the Bar: This has its roots in England, where much of our common law can be traced.  Courtrooms were separated into two distinct areas:  the gallery was located in the back of the courtroom and was seperated by a railing or a bar from the area where the judges and barristers worked.  If you were a lawyer representing a client in a case before the court, you were “before the bar”.