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17th May '17 10:52:01 PM Lanes17B
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** This was remade in a skit starring el Dr. Chapatín, the main changes were that it happened in an actual courtroom, he ran over a lady's dog with his car, and instead of [[spoiler:[[DistractedByTheSex the judge looking at a pretty woman,]] he was jay walking while drunk.]]

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** This was remade in a skit starring el Dr. Chapatín, the main changes were that it happened in an actual courtroom, he ran over a lady's dog with his car, and instead of [[spoiler:[[DistractedByTheSex [[spoiler:[[DistractedByTheSexy the judge looking at a pretty woman,]] he was jay walking while drunk.]]
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** This was remade in a skit starring el Dr. Chapatín, the main changes were that it happened in an actual courtroom, he ran over a lady's dog with his car, and instead of [[spoiler:[[DistractedByTheSex the judge looking at a pretty woman,]] he was jay walking while drunk.]]
25th Apr '17 4:11:52 PM StarTropes
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*** "Dax" looks like it's going to center around the question of whether Jadzia and Curzon [[TheNthDoctor Dax]] are considered the same
person under Bajoran law, much as "The Measure of a Man" centers around the question of whether Data is considered human under Federation law. [[spoiler:In the end, Curzon [[ClearTheirName gets exonerated]], so it doesn't matter.]]

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*** "Dax" looks like it's going to center around the question of whether Jadzia and Curzon [[TheNthDoctor Dax]] are considered the same
same person under Bajoran law, much as "The Measure of a Man" centers around the question of whether Data is considered human under Federation law. [[spoiler:In the end, Curzon [[ClearTheirName gets exonerated]], so it doesn't matter.]]
21st Mar '17 5:33:31 PM AthenaBlue
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* An episode of ''Series/TwentyFour'' from late in the second season, [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming 4:00am to 5:00am]], has [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure President Palmer]]'s cabinet vote on whether to remove him from office under the 25th Amendment. It takes place in a conference room, rather than a courtroom, but they call {{surprise witness}}es, debate the spirit versus the letter of the law, and have impassioned closing arguments. The President himself even declares it "the trial of David Palmer."



* ''[[Series/AfterschoolSpecial CBS Schoolbreak Special]]'': The 1985 episode "Student Court" focused on the workings of a high school student court students who assist the administration with conflict resolution and interpretation of school policy. This student court takes on another dimension: determining what punishment, if any, a teen-aged girl accused of shoplifting should face.

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* ''[[Series/AfterschoolSpecial CBS Schoolbreak Special]]'': The 1985 episode "Student Court" focused on the workings of a high school student court students who assist the administration with conflict resolution and interpretation of school policy. This student court takes on another dimension: determining what punishment, if any, a teen-aged teenage girl accused of shoplifting should face.face.
* The ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors" has the Charmed Ones arguing for Darryl's life before a tribunal that's charged to keep magic secret, and has manipulated reality to frame him for murder in order to do so.
* ''Main/{{Chespirito}}'' did a few of these in several of his programs, the most memorable being one in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', where the cast holds a trial in Quico and Doña Florinda's house against El Chavo for killing Quico's cat with a bicycle. Profesor Jirafales was the judge, Don Ramón the defense attorney and Doña Florinda the prosecutor. In the end [[spoiler: el Chavo is declared Not Guilty when he explains that he ran over the cat to avoid hitting a man who was [[DistractedByTheSexy "standing like an idiot in the middle of the street watching a pretty lady"]]. That man was Profesor Jirafales himself.]]
* The ''Series/CityGuys'' episode "Presumed Innocent" has this as a plot device by way of the school starting an "Introduction to Law" class. Jamal accuses a student named Lewis Brown of being a skinhead (based on his shaved head, tattoos and style of dress similar to those of the white supremacist group). After getting into a fight with each other after Jamal's locker is defaced with the word "jerk" in spray paint, the issue is taken into a court case as part of the class class and leads to the revelation that Louis is not a skinhead but suffers from cancer.
* While ''Series/{{Community}}'' loves to [[GenreShift gleefully jump into whatever genre catches its fancy]], having an ex-lawyer as the main character means that this comes up rather often. Considering one took place in a pool, another was about a squashed yam and the last had a main character being possessed by an evil self from an alternate universe (or just having a mental breakdown), none were exactly "normal".



* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': 'Invisible Evidence', where the court threw out evidence due to a warrant problem and 'Eleven Angry Jurors' ,which crossed this trope with ForensicDrama when a juror died. ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' had 'Comes Around'', where Mac had to prove he didn't kill Clay Dobson when Dobson jumped off a roof in handcuffs.



* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'' had "Eleven Angry People…and Vinnie" where in a take on ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'', the defendant is a young man accused of assaulting his employer. Vinnie's not convinced of his guilt.



* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode ''Tremors'' centers around Joan and Sherlock's hearing about their credibility as consultants for the NYPD and after a series of events [[spoiler: that lead to Marcus to get shot due to Sherlock's abrasiveness.]]
* ''Face The Facts'', a short-lived CBS game show from 1961, had two actors, respectively playing plaintiff and defendant, re-enacting small claims court cases. Four contestants wager points on who they think will win the case.



* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has the episode "Crane Vs. Crane", where Frasier and Niles are expert witnesses on opposite sides of a court case.



* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had a couple...one had Dorothy caught up in allegations about an apartment building Stan owned.
* An episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' had Howard suing Fonzie for damage to his roof after putting a birdhouse up on it.



* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' had two. The first was "Barn Burner", where town bigot Mr. Larabee is accused of burning down the Garvey Barn. The second is "Blind Justice", where a man is put on trial after being accused of swindling the citizens of Walnut Grove in a land scandal.



* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' had one where Jessica was called as a witness (amusingly, this one actually lampshades her status as a MysteryMagnet, as a cross-examining lawyer casts aspersions on her and her family for being involved in so many murder cases) and another one where she had JuryDuty and realized that a different man than the accused killed the victim.
* '' Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' has an episode where Angus placed in a trial for a crime he was framed, he has to defend himself while taking advice from a fairy who is secretly acting as his lawyer. Thing clear out when Ivar brings in the real culprit and Angus is let off.
* ''Series/MythQuest'': Episode 11, "Blodeuwedd", has Cleo on trial as Blodeuwedd for supposedly murdering her husband, the king. An odd example, in that it takes place in pre-Arthurian Wales.



* ''Series/PairOfKings'': Brady and Boomer were taken to court for blowing up the royal castle. ([[spoiler:They were [[NotMeThisTime innocent]].]])
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has a comedic version of this in "The Trial of Leslie Knope", where Leslie is put through an ethics hearing by Chris and must prove that her relationship with Ben never presented any conflicts of interest.
* ''Series/PrivatePractice'' had "War", in which Violet and Pete go head-to-head for custody of their son Lucas. The episode is extremely divisive episode among fans, with some finding it a breath of fresh air for the lackluster third season, but others finding it just as bleak and mean-spirited as all the other episodes for which the season was being criticized. Either way, it was a one-time deal, with the anticipated episode about [[spoiler: Pete's trial]] never happening due to [[spoiler: his death]].



* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' had an episode "Twelve Angry People", where Rev. Camden is (in an inversion of the usual) the lone juror for a guilty verdict.



* The ''Series/SmartGuy'' episode "Trial & Error" has Mo involved in a mock court case held at T.J.'s (who serves as Mo's "attorney") insistence to Principal Whitfield, to clear Mo's name when he's blamed for a fire in the chemistry lab taught by his nemesis teacher Mr. Bringleman (it also serves as an audition for T.J. to prove he's fit to play in the school's production of ''Theatre/InheritTheWind''). When the testimony of Marcus, Vice Principal Militich and Bringleman practically incriminates Mo, T.J. decides to break into the school to do a chemical runthrough of the basketball playbook Mo left in the classroom, which reveals that Bringleman falsely accused Mo to cover up the fact that he accidentally started the fire by leaving a still-lit cigarette that he smoked lying in the chemistry lab.



*** "Dax" looks like it's going to center around the question of whether Jadzia and Curzon [[TheNthDoctor Dax]] are considered the same person under Bajoran law, much as "The Measure of a Man" centers around the question of whether Data is considered human under Federation law. [[spoiler:In the end, Curzon [[ClearTheirName gets exonerated]], so it doesn't matter.]]

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*** "Dax" looks like it's going to center around the question of whether Jadzia and Curzon [[TheNthDoctor Dax]] are considered the same same
person under Bajoran law, much as "The Measure of a Man" centers around the question of whether Data is considered human under Federation law. [[spoiler:In the end, Curzon [[ClearTheirName gets exonerated]], so it doesn't matter.]]



* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' had "Sensitive Dick", where Dick gets put on "university court" after several student complaints of insensitivity. All the witnesses are people Dick had made {{Butt Monkeys}} throughout the series. HilarityEnsues.




* The ''Series/CityGuys'' episode "Presumed Innocent" has this as a plot device by way of the school starting an "Introduction to Law" class. Jamal accuses a student named Lewis Brown of being a skinhead (based on his shaved head, tattoos and style of dress similar to those of the white supremacist group). After getting into a fight with each other after Jamal's locker is defaced with the word "jerk" in spray paint, the issue is taken into a court case as part of the class class and leads to the revelation that Louis is not a skinhead but suffers from cancer.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' has the episode "Crane Vs. Crane", where Frasier and Niles are expert witnesses on opposite sides of a court case.
* '' Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' has an episode where Angus placed in a trial for a crime he was framed, he has to defend himself while taking advice from a fairy who is secretly acting as his lawyer. Thing clear out when Ivar brings in the real culprit and Angus let off.
* ''Series/DoogieHowserMD'' had "Eleven Angry People…and Vinnie" where in a take on ''Film/TwelveAngryMen,'' the defendant is a young man accused of assaulting his employer. Vinnie's not convinced of his guilt.
* An episode of ''Series/TwentyFour'' from late in the second season, [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming 4:00am to 5:00am]], has [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure President Palmer]]'s cabinet vote on whether to remove him from office under the 25th Amendment. It takes place in a conference room, rather than a courtroom, but they call {{surprise witness}}es, debate the spirit versus the letter of the law, and have impassioned closing arguments. The President himself even declares it "the trial of David Palmer."
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' had two. The first was "Barn Burner", where town bigot Mr. Larabee is accused of burning down the Garvey Barn. The second is "Blind Justice", where a man is put on trial after being accused of swindling the citizens of Walnut Grove in a land scandal.
* The ''Series/SmartGuy'' episode "Trial & Error" has Mo involved in a mock court case held at T.J.'s (who serves as Mo's "attorney") insistence to Principal Whitfield, to clear Mo's name when he's blamed for a fire in the chemistry lab taught by his nemesis teacher Mr. Bringleman (it also serves as an audition for T.J. to prove he's fit to play in the school's production of ''Theatre/InheritTheWind''). When the testimony of Marcus, Vice Principal Militich and Bringleman practically incriminates Mo, T.J. decides to break into the school to do a chemical runthrough of the basketball playbook Mo left in the classroom, which reveals that Bringleman falsely accused Mo to cover up the fact that he accidentally started the fire by leaving a still-lit cigarette that he smoked lying in the chemistry lab.
* ''Series/PairOfKings'': Brady and Boomer were taken to court for blowing up the royal castle. ([[spoiler:They were [[NotMeThisTime innocent]].]])
* ''Series/MythQuest'': Episode 11, "Blodeuwedd", has Cleo on trial as Blodeuwedd for supposedly murdering her husband, the king. An odd example, in that it takes place in pre-Arthurian Wales.
* The ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' episode "Crimes and Witch-Demeanors" has the Charmed Ones arguing for Darryl's life before a tribunal that's charged to keep magic secret, and has manipulated reality to frame him for murder in order to do so.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had a couple...one had Dorothy caught up in allegations about an apartment building Stan owned.
* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': 'Invisible Evidence', where the court threw out evidence due to a warrant problem and 'Eleven Angry Jurors' ,which crossed this trope with ForensicDrama when a juror died. ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' had 'Comes Around'', where Mac had to prove he didn't kill Clay Dobson when Dobson jumped off a roof in handcuffs.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'' had an episode "Twelve Angry People", where Rev. Camden is (in an inversion of the usual) the lone juror for a guilty verdict.
* While ''Series/{{Community}}'' loves to [[GenreShift gleefully jump into whatever genre catches its fancy]], having an ex-Laywer as the main character means that this comes up rather often. Considering one took place in a pool, another was about a squashed yam and the last had a main character being possessed by an evil self from an alternate universe (or just having a metal breakdown), none were exactly "normal".
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' had one where Jessica was called as a witness (amusingly, this one actually lampshades her status as a MysteryMagnet, as a cross-examining lawyer casts aspersions on her and her family for being involved in so many murder cases) and another one where she had JuryDuty and realized that a different man than the accused killed the victim.
* An episode of ''Series/HappyDays'' had Howard suing Fonzie for damage to his roof after putting a birdhouse up on it.
* ''Face The Facts'', a short-lived CBS game show from 1961, had two actors, respectively playing plaintiff and defendant, re-enacting small claims court cases. Four contestants wager points on who they think will win the case.
* ''Series/PrivatePractice'' had "War", in which Violet and Pete go head-to-head for custody of their son Lucas. The episode is extremely divisive episode among fans, with some finding it a breath of fresh air for the lackluster third season, but others finding it just as bleak and mean-spirited as all the other episodes for which the season was being criticized. Either way, it was a one-time deal, with the anticipated episode about [[spoiler: Pete's trial]] never happening due to [[spoiler: his death]].
* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' episode ''Tremors'' centers around Joan and Sherlock's hearing about their credibility as consultants for the NYPD and after a series of events [[spoiler: that lead to Marcus to get shot due to Sherlock's abrasiveness.]]
* ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'' had "Sensitive Dick", where Dick gets put on "university court" after several student complaints of insensitivity. All the witnesses are people Dick had made {{Butt Monkeys}} throughout the series. HilarityEnsues.



* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has a comedic version of this in "The Trial of Leslie Knope", where Leslie is put through an ethics hearing by Chris and must prove that her relationship with Ben never presented any conflicts of interest.
* ''Main/{{Chespirito}}'' did a few of these in several of his programs, the most memorable being one in ''Series/ElChavoDelOcho'', where the cast holds a trial in Quico and Doña Florinda's house against El Chavo for killing Quico's cat with a bicycle. Profesor Jirafales was the judge, Don Ramón the defense attorney and Doña Florinda the prosecutor. In the end [[spoiler: el Chavo is declared Not Guilty when he explains that he ran over the cat to avoid hitting a man who was [[DistractedByTheSexy "standing like an idiot in the middle of the street watching a pretty lady"]]. That man was Profesor Jirafales himself.]]
21st Mar '17 5:14:59 PM AthenaBlue
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* In the second season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Togusa is accused of PoliceBrutality after repeatedly shooting a heavily cybernetic gunman.
* Done in an Episode of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'', and just as insane as the rest of the series. The Anarchy Sisters are defended by a monkey lawyer.



* Done in an Episode of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterBelt'', and just as insane as the rest of the series. The Anarchy Sisters are defended by a monkey lawyer.
* In the second season of ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Togusa is accused of PoliceBrutality after repeatedly shooting a heavily cybernetic gunman.



* Most of the [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Sagas of Icelanders]] contain at least one, with plenty of fancy speeches and occasional bouts of OffOnATechnicality.

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* Most The ''Literature/ConSentiency'' series largely focuses on the exploits of a Secret Agent/Bureaucrat Jorj X. [=McKie=]. However:
** A good portion
of the [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Sagas novel ''Literature/TheDosadiExperiment'' focuses on the courtroom drama of Icelanders]] contain at least one, with plenty of fancy speeches and occasional bouts of OffOnATechnicality.the Gowachin, which is much more interesting than its human equivalent.
** The short story "The Tactful Saboteur" also features a Courtroom chapter. However, except for a few additions, the courtroom is rather orthodox.



* The ''Literature/ConSentiency'' series largely focuses on the exploits of a Secret Agent/Bureaucrat Jorj X. [=McKie=]. However:
** A good portion of the novel ''Literature/TheDosadiExperiment'' focuses on the courtroom drama of the Gowachin, which is much more interesting than its human equivalent.
** The short story "The Tactful Saboteur" also features a Courtroom chapter. However, except for a few additions, the courtroom is rather orthodox.
* The first few chapters of the ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' book ''The Genocidal Healer'' are framed by a misconduct trial for the book's protagonist, though they mainly consist of a recounting of the events that led to the trial in the first place.
* ''Literature/WarCrimes'' features the bad guy from [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft ''Mists of Pandaria'']] being put on trial. Poisoning and escape attempts included.
* ''Literature/XWingSeries'' has ''The Krytos Trap'', in which the person suspected of killing a main character to cover his tracks is put on trial. The trial quickly ends when the person he is suspected of killing shows up. [[spoiler:In his defense.]]



* Most of the [[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Icelandic Sagas]] contain at least one, with plenty of fancy speeches and occasional bouts of OffOnATechnicality.



* The first few chapters of the ''Literature/SectorGeneral'' book ''The Genocidal Healer'' are framed by a misconduct trial for the book's protagonist, though they mainly consist of a recounting of the events that led to the trial in the first place.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
** The ''Literature/XWingSeries'' has ''The Krytos Trap'', in which the person suspected of killing a main character to cover his tracks is put on trial. The trial quickly ends when the person he is suspected of killing shows up. [[spoiler:In his defense.]]
* ''Literature/WarCrimes'' features the bad guy from [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft ''Mists of Pandaria'']] being put on trial. Poisoning and escape attempts included.



* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' has one when Wolf is accused of killing livestock.
* Both ''Series/AdamTwelve'' and ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' have had courtroom-based episodes, featuring on the roles police officers play in the judicial process and problems that invariably arise. For instance, the ''Adam-12'' episode "Courtroom" centered around the importance of obtaining a search warrant when the defendant (standing trial on drug charges) claims that Reed had failed to obtain one. Another was a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for a show about the DA's office...good luck finding that show's pilot to see the conclusion.



* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': "Coltrane vs. Duke" saw Rosco -- frustrated after years of being the Wile E. Coyote in his usual cat-and-mouse game with the Duke boys, steps things up another notch by faking serious injuries and sues the Dukes for $50,000, the amount of their mortgage. Boss and Rosco rehearse the case, with Boss calling on his corrupt friend Dr. Crandall to testify as to the extent of Rosco's "injuries." Of course, in the end, Rosco is exposed and his case is thrown out of court but not after plenty of CourtroomAntics, Rosco calling on Boss to be his butler (including a hilarious reading of Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk) and some high drama as -- when the case appears lost -- Jesse has his niece and nephews pack up the furniture and he sadly concedes defeat to his longtime enemy.

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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': "Coltrane vs. Duke" saw Rosco -- frustrated after years of being In the Wile E. Coyote in his usual cat-and-mouse game with rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** Most of "Crossroads" (the season 3 finale) is taken up by Baltar's trial for treason. Apollo ends up playing lawyer; Adama is randomly selected to be one of
the Duke boys, steps things up another notch by faking serious injuries and sues the Dukes for $50,000, the amount of their mortgage. Boss and Rosco rehearse the case, with Boss calling on his corrupt friend Dr. Crandall to testify as to the extent of Rosco's "injuries." Of course, judges.
** The first season episode "Litmus" revolves heavily around a military tribunal created
in the end, Rosco is exposed and his case is thrown out wake of court but not after plenty of CourtroomAntics, Rosco calling on Boss to be his butler (including a hilarious reading of Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk) and some high drama as -- when the case appears lost -- Jesse has his niece and nephews pack up the furniture and he sadly concedes defeat to his longtime enemy.suicide bombing.



* ''Series/DoctorWho'' did a whole season of courtroom with Trial of a Time Lord!
* Both ''Series/AdamTwelve'' and ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' have had courtroom-based episodes, featuring on the roles police officers play in the judicial process and problems that invariably arise. For instance, the ''Adam-12'' episode "Courtroom" centered around the importance of obtaining a search warrant when the defendant (standing trial on drug charges) claims that Reed had failed to obtain one. Another was a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for a show about the DA's office...good luck finding that show's pilot to see the conclusion.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': The 1972 episode "[[Recap/TheBradyBunchS3E23TheFenderBenders The Fender Benders]]," where a money-seeking man named Harry Duggan (Jackie Coogan) files a lawsuit against Carol by claiming their minor, non-injury fender-bender in a parking lot resulted in [[ObfuscatingDisability severe whiplash]]. Carol disputes the charges and just when it appears that the judge will rule in favor of Mr. Duggan Mike exposes Duggan as a fraud.
* The first season of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' featured onscreen courtroom scenes (as in American UCMJ proceedings) in only one episode: "Defensive Action". Onscreen courtroom scenes became much more frequent in the seasons that would follow.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' did a whole season Episodes of courtroom ''Series/{{Bones}}'' usually end with Trial of a Time Lord!
* Both ''Series/AdamTwelve''
apprehending the killer, but occasionally the court case is included as well. Also, sometimes the killer is already in custody and ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' have had courtroom-based episodes, featuring on the roles police officers play in the judicial process and problems that invariably arise. For instance, the ''Adam-12'' episode "Courtroom" centered centers around the importance of obtaining a search warrant when the defendant (standing trial on drug charges) claims that Reed had failed to obtain one. Another was a PoorlyDisguisedPilot for a show about the DA's office...good luck finding that show's pilot to see the conclusion.
evidence and presenting it in court.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': The 1972 episode "[[Recap/TheBradyBunchS3E23TheFenderBenders The Fender Benders]]," Benders]]", where a money-seeking man named Harry Duggan (Jackie Coogan) files a lawsuit against Carol by claiming their minor, non-injury fender-bender in a parking lot resulted in [[ObfuscatingDisability severe whiplash]]. Carol disputes the charges and just when it appears that the judge will rule in favor of Mr. Duggan Mike exposes Duggan as a fraud.
* The first season episode "Testimony of ''Series/{{JAG}}'' featured onscreen courtroom scenes (as a Traitor" in American UCMJ proceedings) ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' has Buck accused of treason.
* ''[[Series/AfterschoolSpecial CBS Schoolbreak Special]]'': The 1985 episode "Student Court" focused on the workings of a high school student court students who assist the administration with conflict resolution and interpretation of school policy. This student court takes on another dimension: determining what punishment, if any, a teen-aged girl accused of shoplifting should face.
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': "Tabula Rasa",
in only one episode: "Defensive Action". Onscreen courtroom scenes became much more frequent which a killer previously tracked down by the BAU it put on trial after awakening from a coma...with total retrograde amnesia.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Season 23 of the classic series, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E1TheMysteriousPlanet "The Trial]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E2Mindwarp of a]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E3TerrorOfTheVervoids Time]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS23E4TheUltimateFoe Lord"]], was all about the Doctor facing a KangarooCourt.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': "Coltrane vs. Duke" saw Rosco -- frustrated after years of being the Wile E. Coyote in his usual cat-and-mouse game with the Duke boys, steps things up another notch by faking serious injuries and sues the Dukes for $50,000, the amount of their mortgage. Boss and Rosco rehearse the case, with Boss calling on his corrupt friend Dr. Crandall to testify as to the extent of Rosco's "injuries." Of course,
in the seasons that would follow.end, Rosco is exposed and his case is thrown out of court but not after plenty of CourtroomAntics, Rosco calling on Boss to be his butler (including a hilarious reading of Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk) and some high drama as -- when the case appears lost -- Jesse has his niece and nephews pack up the furniture and he sadly concedes defeat to his longtime enemy.



* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Dream A Little Dream" has Zhaan framed for murder on a planet whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is that 90% of them are lawyers. Rygel and Chiana have to defend her.
* ''Series/GetSmart'': "The Day Smart Turned Chicken". Smart is a witness in the court against KAOS, and they decide to frame him. Then he calls additional witnesses in his defense.



* ''Series/SisterSister'': When Tia accuses twin sister Tamera of distributing copies of her diary to fellow classmates, she takes her to Student Court. But the episode soon focuses on two yuksters who fail to take the concept seriously and turn the matter into one big joke. It isn't long before those two students are exposed as the culprits ... and the principal has a long, stern talk with them about the judicial process and why matters heard in Student Court aren't fun and games.
* ''[[Series/AfterschoolSpecial CBS Schoolbreak Special]]'': The 1985 episode "Student Court" focused on the workings of a high school student court students who assist the administration with conflict resolution and interpretation of school policy. This student court takes on another dimension: determining what punishment, if any, a teen-aged girl accused of shoplifting should face.
* The episode "Testimony of a Traitor" in ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' has Buck accused of treason.
* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Dream A Little Dream" has Zhaan framed for murder on a planet whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is that 90% of them are lawyers. Rygel and Chiana have to defend her.

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* ''Series/SisterSister'': When Tia accuses twin sister Tamera of distributing copies of her diary to fellow classmates, she takes her to Student Court. But the episode soon focuses on two yuksters who fail to take the concept seriously and turn the matter into one big joke. It isn't long before those two students are exposed as the culprits ... and the principal has a long, stern talk with them about the judicial process and why matters heard in Student Court aren't fun and games.
* ''[[Series/AfterschoolSpecial CBS Schoolbreak Special]]'': The 1985 episode "Student Court" focused on the workings of a high school student court students who assist the administration with conflict resolution and interpretation of school policy. This student court takes on another dimension: determining what punishment, if any, a teen-aged girl accused of shoplifting should face.
* The episode "Testimony first season of a Traitor" ''Series/{{JAG}}'' featured onscreen courtroom scenes (as in ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' has Buck accused of treason.
* The ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' episode "Dream A Little Dream" has Zhaan framed for murder on a planet whose [[PlanetOfHats hat]] is
American UCMJ proceedings) in only one episode: "Defensive Action". Onscreen courtroom scenes became much more frequent in the seasons that 90% of them are lawyers. Rygel and Chiana have to defend her.would follow.



* The flashforwards in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Eggtown".
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has a few examples.
** In one, Al/Peggy/Steve/Marcy sue a motel for videotaping their exploits.
** The Bundys also went to court because of a car crash. They thought they'd win because Marcy was testifying for them but it turned out she was biased against anyone who owned Mercedes cars because her ex-husband had one.
** Another happens when Bud is caught "relieving some tension" at the school library.
** At one point Al is sued by the guy that tried to rob him.
* Courts-martial (or preliminary hearings for them, at least) figure in several ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episodes:
** In "The Trial of Henry Blake", the titular C.O. is accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy after Majors Burns and Houlihan file a complaint about the lack of discipline under his command.
** In "The Novocaine Mutiny", Hawkeye is tried for mutiny after temporary commander Major Burns is accidentally knocked unconscious during an argument between the two men in the O.R. This leads to the two men providing [[TheRashomon widely conflicting versions of the same events]] in their testimony.
** In "Snappier Judgment", the second installment in a two-part episode, Klinger is tried after circumstantial evidence pins him to a rash of thefts at the 4077th.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' did a number of these:
** In "The Dog Story," Felix is arrested for kidnapping a performing dog mistreated by its agent. He insists on defending himself in court, in his hilariously pompous and arrogant LargeHam manner.
** Oscar rides Murray about being a bad cop to the point where Murray raids the weekly poker game.
** A WholeEpisodeFlashback episode in which Felix refuses to let Hugh Hefner publish a nude photo he took of his girlfriend Gloria.
** One of the show's many origin episodes explaining how Felix and Oscar first met, in this case as jurors on a murder trial.
** And perhaps the most famous one -- Felix is accused of trying to scalp an extra theatre ticket.
-->'''Felix''': ...when we ''ASSUME'' --- we make an ''ASS'' out of ''U'' and ''ME''!
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Justice" puts Rimmer on trial for the murder of the ''Red Dwarf'' crew.
* Several ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episodes, most notably the finale.
* ''Series/SisterSister'': When Tia accuses twin sister Tamera of distributing copies of her diary to fellow classmates, she takes her to Student Court. But the episode soon focuses on two yuksters who fail to take the concept seriously and turn the matter into one big joke. It isn't long before those two students are exposed as the culprits ... and the principal has a long, stern talk with them about the judicial process and why matters heard in Student Court aren't fun and games.
* The Franchise/StargateVerse has had several:
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** "Cor-Ai" has Teal'c being put on trial for a murder he committed before his HeelFaceTurn, and Jack (primarily, but the others do help) has to defend him.
*** "Pretense" consists of a trial to determine whether Skaara or the Goa'uld [[PuppeteerParasite inhabiting his body]] has a right to it. Daniel and Jack share lawyering duty.
*** Vala is put on trial by a planet of people she ruled over while host to the Goa'uld Qetesh in "The Powers That Be." Initially, the villagers wanted to execute her immediately when she confessed to not actually being a god, but her teammates convinced them to give her a trial. She was then sentenced to life imprisonment, but this was changed when she saved the lives of several of the villagers.
*** Another case ''almost'' happens in "Collateral Damage" when Mitchell is apparently responsible for killing someone, but avoids an actual court case since the charges were quickly glossed over under the pretense of Mitchell having diplomatic immunity. Instead the point of the episode is to prove Mitchell's innocence.
** The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Inquisition", which doubles as a ClipShow and features a JokerJury, has the main Atlantis team put on trial by the Coalition of Planets (which consists of the various weakling civilizations in Pegasus who were brutalized by the Wraith) for their numerous NiceJobBreakingItHero moments and general MoralDissonance throughout the series. The episode ended with them bribing one of the judges to vote in their favor, his vote being the swing vote.
** The ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode "Justice" is centered around an investigation and informal trial about [[spoiler: the death--eventually shown to be suicide--of Sergeant Spencer]].



* In the rebooted ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** Most of "Crossroads" (the season 3 finale) is taken up by Baltar's trial for treason. Apollo ends up playing lawyer; Adama is randomly selected to be one of the judges.
** The first season episode "Litmus" revolves heavily around a military tribunal created in the wake of a suicide bombing.
* The Franchise/StargateVerse has had several:
** ''Series/StargateSG1'':
*** "Cor-Ai" has Teal'c being put on trial for a murder he committed before his HeelFaceTurn, and Jack (primarily, but the others do help) has to defend him.
*** "Pretense" consists of a trial to determine whether Skaara or the Goa'uld [[PuppeteerParasite inhabiting his body]] has a right to it. Daniel and Jack share lawyering duty.
*** Vala is put on trial by a planet of people she ruled over while host to the Goa'uld Qetesh in "The Powers That Be." Initially, the villagers wanted to execute her immediately when she confessed to not actually being a god, but her teammates convinced them to give her a trial. She was then sentenced to life imprisonment, but this was changed when she saved the lives of several of the villagers.
*** Another case ''almost'' happens in "Collateral Damage" when Mitchell is apparently responsible for killing someone, but avoids an actual court case since the charges were quickly glossed over under the pretense of Mitchell having diplomatic immunity. Instead the point of the episode is to prove Mitchell's innocence.
** The ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "Inquisition", which doubles as a ClipShow and features a JokerJury, has the main Atlantis team put on trial by the Coalition of Planets (which consists of the various weakling civilizations in Pegasus who were brutalized by the Wraith) for their numerous NiceJobBreakingItHero moments and general MoralDissonance throughout the series. The episode ended with them bribing one of the judges to vote in their favor, his vote being the swing vote.
** The ''Series/StargateUniverse'' episode "Justice" is centered around an investigation and informal trial about [[spoiler: the death--eventually shown to be suicide--of Sergeant Spencer]].
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Justice" puts Rimmer on trial for the murder of the ''Red Dwarf'' crew.
* ''Series/TheTenthKingdom'' has one when Wolf is accused of killing livestock.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' did a number of these:
** In "The Dog Story," Felix is arrested for kidnapping a performing dog mistreated by its agent. He insists on defending himself in court, in his hilariously pompous and arrogant LargeHam manner.
** Oscar rides Murray about being a bad cop to the point where Murray raids the weekly poker game.
** A WholeEpisodeFlashback episode in which Felix refuses to let Hugh Hefner publish a nude photo he took of his girlfriend Gloria.
** One of the show's many origin episodes explaining how Felix and Oscar first met, in this case as jurors on a murder trial.
** And perhaps the most famous one -- Felix is accused of trying to scalp an extra theatre ticket.
-->'''Felix''': ...when we ''ASSUME'' --- we make an ''ASS'' out of ''U'' and ''ME''!
* Several ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' episodes, most notably the finale.
* The flashforwards in the ''Series/{{Lost}}'' episode "Eggtown."
* ''Series/CriminalMinds'': "Tabula Rasa", in which a killer previously tracked down by the BAU it put on trial after awakening from a coma...with total retrograde amnesia.
* Courts-martial (or preliminary hearings for them, at least) figure in several ''Series/{{MASH}}'' episodes:
** In "The Trial of Henry Blake", the titular C.O. is accused of giving aid and comfort to the enemy after Majors Burns and Houlihan file a complaint about the lack of discipline under his command.
** In "The Novocaine Mutiny", Hawkeye is tried for mutiny after temporary commander Major Burns is accidentally knocked unconscious during an argument between the two men in the O.R. This leads to the two men providing [[TheRashomon widely conflicting versions of the same events]] in their testimony.
** In "Snappier Judgment", the second installment in a two-part episode, Klinger is tried after circumstantial evidence pins him to a rash of thefts at the 4077th.
* Episodes of ''Series/{{Bones}}'' usually end with apprehending the killer, but occasionally the court case is included as well. Also, sometimes the killer is already in custody and the episode centers around finding evidence and presenting it in court.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' has a few examples.
** In one, Al/Peggy/Steve/Marcy sue a motel for videotaping their exploits.
** The Bundys also went to court because of a car crash. They thought they'd win because Marcy was testifying for them but it turned out she was biased against anyone who owned Mercedes cars because her ex-husband had one.
** Another happens when Bud is caught "relieving some tension" at the school library.
** At one point Al is sued by the guy that tried to rob him.
* ''Series/GetSmart'': "The Day Smart Turned Chicken." Smart is a witness in the court against KAOS, and they decide to frame him. Then he calls additional witnesses in his defense.


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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': The episode "Let's Play Courtroom Drama", where [[AxCrazy Mr. Cat]] is taken to court for attacking [[NighInvulnerable Quack Quack]] with a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]]. Kaeloo acts as Quack Quack's lawyer, and Stumpy is the judge. [[spoiler: [[BitchInSheepsClothing Kaeloo]] pulls off a WoundedGazelleGambit to get Mr. Cat to confess that it was him.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' had a recent example with "A Few 'Gurt Men" in which it starts out with Tina, Gene and Louise doing a pretend trial based on the fairy tale "Snow White" before it turns into a real trial in which the kids must find out who ate Mr. Frond's yogurt during lunchtime.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has "The People vs. Martin Sugar" in which Stan goes to jury duty to witness the prosecutor being one of Roger's personas being accused of running an illegal counterfeit handbag manufacturing service.
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* WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}} has the episode "Sensible Flats". After Hacker is arrested for renting out a bigger parcel of land than Judge Trudy, the land's resident ruler, he is put on trial and the kids show that his land is actually the same size as that of the Judge. His land was just in an odd shape instead of a perfect quadrilateral.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' has the episode "Sensible Flats". After Hacker is arrested for renting out a bigger parcel of land than Judge Trudy, the land's resident ruler, he is put on trial and the kids show that his land is actually the same size as that of the Judge. His land was just in an odd shape instead of a perfect quadrilateral.quadrilateral.
* Episode "Between Friends" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Babar}}'' has Celeste and Zephir suing each other after a car accident and both faking their injuries in order to win the case. With Babar as the judge, Cornelius as Celeste's lawyer and Pompadour as Zephir's.
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* There's an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PeterPanAndThePirates'' wherein Peter sneaks on board the Jolly Roger to play with Captain Hook's harpsichord. When the pirates capture him, Wendy convinces Captain Hook to give Peter a trial. [[KangarooCourt Hijinks]] [[CourtroomAntics ensue]].
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