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->''"[W]e should never lose sight of the fact that even a person accused of the most heinous crimes, and no matter the likelihood that he or she actually committed those crimes, is entitled to the full protection of the [law]. Short-cutting or short-circuiting those rights affects not only the accused, but also the entire reputation of the criminal justice system."''
-->-- '''Decision of the Canadian Supreme Court''' in ''R. v. Burlingham'', [1995] 2 S.C.R. 206.

Watch the lawyers do their thing. Commonly known as a Courtroom Drama, a work of dramatic fiction about crime and civil litigation. Military trial is one of the most common subgenres.

Most crime drama focus on crime investigation and does not feature a court room, in works where it only lasts a single episode, it's a CourtroomEpisode.

CourtroomAntics are to be expected. Also see TheCourtroomIndex.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]


* ''Anime/WizardBarristers'': LawProcedural meets UrbanFantasy.


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[[folder: Film ]]
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* ''[[Film/TwelveAngryMen 12 Angry Men]]'' The jury deliberation is the only focus on the film/play.
* ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder''
* ''Film/AndJusticeForAll''
* ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny''
* ''Literature/ACivilAction''
* ''TheClient''
* ''Compulsion'', A 1959 film with OrsonWelles, based on the Leopold and Loeb murder trial.
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen''
* ''Theatre/InheritTheWind''
* ''Film/InTheNameOfTheFather''
* ''Film/{{JFK}}''
* ''Film/JudgmentAtNuremberg''
* ''Film/KramerVsKramer''
* ''Film/ToKillAMockingbird''
* ''Film/{{M}}'', featuring not a legal courtroom but the criminal underworld equivalent.
* ''Theatre/AManForAllSeasons''
* ''TheOxBowIncident''
* ''ThePassionOfJoanOfArc''
* ''Film/PathsOfGlory''
* ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt''
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''
* ''Film/PresumedInnocent''
* ''TheRainmaker''
* ''Film/RunawayJury''
* ''TheTrial'' a 1962 film by OrsonWelles, based on the novel by Creator/FranzKafka.
* ''Film/TheVerdict''
* ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution''. Creator/AlfredHitchcock adaptation of AgathaChristie.
* ''Film/TheWrongMan''

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
[-(adaptations or original works)-]

* ''Series/AllyMcBeal''
* ''Series/BostonLegal''
* ''Series/{{Conviction}}''
* ''Series/{{Crownies}}''
* ''Series/{{Damages}}'', though it has virtually no scenes in actual courtrooms
* ''The Defenders''
* ''Series/FairlyLegal''
* ''FamilyLaw''
* ''Series/TheFirm''
* ''Series/FirstMonday''
* ''Series/FranklinAndBash''
* ''Series/GarrowsLaw''
* ''Series/TheGoodWife''
* ''Series/HarrysLaw''
* ''Series/{{JAG}}''
* The Australian series ''{{Janus}}''.
* ''Series/JudgingAmy''
* ''Series/JustCause''
* ''Series/{{Justice}}''
* ''Series/{{Kingdom}}''
* ''Series/LALaw''
* The second half of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (See PoliceProcedural for the first half)
** ''Series/LawAndOrderTrialByJury''
** ''Series/LawAndOrderLA''
* ''Series/{{Matlock}}''
* ''MurderOne''
* ''Series/{{Nuremberg}}''
* ''Series/ThePractice''
* ''Franchise/PerryMason''. 80 novels. Ur-example and TropeCodifier in Television.
* ''RaisingTheBar''
* ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey''
* ''Literature/SadCypress'' . An Creator/AgathaChristie novel adapted for Radio and Television.
* ''Series/{{Shark}}''
* ''Series/{{Silk}}''
* ''Series/{{Suits}}'', which is fairly unique in that a) it's about corporate lawyers and civil suits and b) the characters have a stated desire to ''avoid'' the courtroom at all costs.
* ''Series/ThisIsWonderland''
* ''TheWholeTruth''
* ''Series/TheWire'' Occasionally, with emphasis on the police-attorneys collaboration.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/{{Parade}}'', a Broadway musical set around the murder trial of an innocent man.


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[[folder: Videogames ]]

* ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''

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