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[-[[caption-width-right:242:[[Music/LadyGaga She's got Justice right in her pocket...]]]]-]

->''"The case against Clevinger was open and shut. The only thing missing was something to charge him with."''
-->-- ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''
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A Kangaroo Court is a sham legal proceeding or trial, one that denies due process and fairness in the name of expediency. The outcome of such a trial is essentially decided in advance for the purpose of providing a conviction; going through the motions of procedure is only done to make it "official". The defendant will likely be allowed no defense nor be allowed to call witnesses, present evidence or make objections. If they are allowed, they will be summarily overruled by the HangingJudge that usually presides over the trial in question. Especially nasty versions may even slap the accused with "contempt of court" penalties for even ''trying'' to mount a defense. If the trial results in a death sentence, some people will use the term "judicial murder" to describe it.

This one is unfortunately TruthInTelevision, especially in countries ruled by dictators, who are fond of putting dissidents through "show trials" as a prelude to execution. The etymology is unknown, though many (mostly wrong) suggestions have been made.

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Very rarely, the reaction to these can in fact be KickTheSonOfABitch, if the court's victim is a particularly despicable villain. Seeing them getting their just desserts at the hands of the corrupt system they themselves may have set up can be incredibly therapeutic both for the protagonists and the audience.

Compare JokerJury (which a Kangaroo Court may well have), JuryOfTheDamned, TrialOfTheMysticalJury, and DecoyTrial. If it's the litigants who are making a mockery of the court system rather than those running the proceedings, it's a CourtroomAntic. Not descriptive of UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}'s legal system, though [[IThoughtItMeant many confuse it with]] SentencedToDownUnder. If the Kangaroo Court occurs in the military, it's called a '''Drumhead Court-Martial'''. The name comes from the hasty and haphazard nature of this type of justice; instead of a proper table and/or notes, a makeshift board or writing medium, such as a drumhead, can be used, especially on the battlefield. The inevitable outcome is the defendant getting ShotAtDawn.

See also TheScapegoat and MiscarriageOfJustice.

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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Alice's trial in Disney's ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', as well as the trial of the Knave of Hearts in the original book, when it begins with the sentence and works backward to conviction from there.
* The AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'' has a scene where Commissioner Gordon is brought into a room designed to look like a courtroom. [[VisualPun The jury box is filled with kangaroo statues]] while the Joker acts as prosecutor.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* One of the sketches from the Creator/MontyPython radio programme was a man being put on trial in an utterly bizarre court-- the judge cares more about catching his train than the trial, the court reporter is AmbiguouslyGay, the Crown's lawyer is sleeping with the defense attorney's wife, and the jury is made up of Pepperpots who are very vocal in their impartiality. The defendant ends up stabbing himself in the back out of frustration.
* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'' has one in the final episode of Series 1, where Pip is accused of stealing the bin design from American Harlan J. Trashcan. Judge Hardthrasher blames Pip for killing his four brothers and sister, he personally hangs Pip's lawyer because his name is too long and he freezes Pip's financial assets so he can't hire another lawyer. Trashcan is obviously Benevolent in disguise, showing the evidence of a newspaper with the ink still wet, and Hardthrasher even calls him Mr Benevolent. When he finds Pip guilty after saying this verdict is in no way caused by his sibling's death, he says 'Yes! Got him!' He sentences him to death deciding the verdict himself under the accordance 'Innocent until proven dead.'
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[[folder:Religion]]
* The Sanhedrin (high court of ancient Judea) that tries UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} in Literature/TheFourGospels. Not only do the judges violate every ''single'' Jewish law governing trials, but they put on clearly perjured witnesses to convict him. The conduct of Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who approves his death sentence (the Romans required it) also counts, as even he acknowledges that no Roman (or Jewish) laws were broken by Jesus. Roman magistrates had the power to have non-Romans crucified at will, however, making the whole Roman "justice" system essentially this for them. Even trials of Roman citizens often went this way, as the magistrate was free to admit or ignore any evidence they pleased. Later on Paul, a Roman citizen, was given a trial, but the outcome was never in doubt. The only real privilege they had was that citizens could not be crucified. Thus in ''Acts'' Paul is beheaded, while Peter gets crucified (upside down, as he doesn't want it to resemble Jesus' death).
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[[folder: Roleplay]]
* At least two controversial and unauthorized cases happened in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'':
** [[ColonelKilgore Elite Agent Rotor]] arrested and threatened to execute an ''entire helicopter crew'' because the pilot disobeyed ''his'' orders. He was almost arrested but a [[ItMakesSenseInContext mutant dinosaur rampage allowed him to get off scot-free]].
** In an homage to ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'', Elite Agent French Fries organized an over-the-top trial in which he planned to execute Rotor and George for conflicting charges. [[note]]For those of you curious, George is the one who disobeyed Rotor's order to fire on an enemy base while numerous agents were still inside. George is being punished for defying a direct order, but Rotor is also being punished for trying to execute George for defying that order. Meanwhile both are charged with "Deserting their post" by running for their lives when the camp was overrun by mutant dinosaurs, and George is also charged with aiding a war criminal even though in doing so he saved Rotor's life.[[/note]] Let's just say [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown it didn't go over well with the rest of the team]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* A hallmark of Inquisitor courts of the Imperium in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Assuming the accused managed to avoid being killed already by over-eager Inquisitors seeking out any hint of [[TheHeretic heresy]] (which in and of itself is already a miracle 99% of the time), actually being brought to a trial means facing down a bunch of Imperial zealots who in most cases have probably already made up their mind about the guilt (real or imagined) of the defendant in question. Some, like Lord Inquisitor Fyodor Karamazov, take this to the extreme to the point [[EvenEvilHasStandards even other Inquisitors balk in shock]], such as killing an innocent priest who managed to take back his planet for the Imperium...under the impression that there was even a ''hint'' of Chaos corruption about him and not allowing any members of the Ecclesiarchy to actually come and test him until after he was long since dead. His quote says it best.
-->''"There is no such thing as a plea of innocence in my court, a plea of innocence is guilty of wasting my time. Guilty."''
* ''{{Exalted}}'': The Roseblack is under advisement to find excuses to extend her campaign in the Threshold as long as possible, as her enemies in the Deliberative are planning to have her executed on trumped up charges of treason the moment she sets foot back on the Blessed Isle (the fact that she actually ''is'' planning to commit treason is merely because she objects to this kind of thing being able to fly).
* ''InQuest Gamer'':
** Inverted in their proposed "Kangaroo Court" variant of ''MagicTheGathering'', in which players can try to apply some semblance of real-world logic to the game; for example, using the Pacify card on an [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=2318 Angry Mob]] destroys it outright, since the mob is no longer angry.
** The card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=89052 Twisted Justice]] is styled after creating such a situation, and the flavor text is from the perspective of the judge as he's being manipulated to send an innocent man to his death.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': the Locust Court, during the first two editions, which existed mainly to a) permit Lord Entropy to arbitrarily punish anyone he wanted, and b) see who could afford the biggest bribe for Meon. 3e dialled it back a bit, making the Court as just as any other court that tries people for breaking laws one guy made up.
* The Mayfair ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'' RPG had a sample adventure where Joker puts Batman on trial for supposedly killing a man during one of their fights. It's clearly one of these (complete with a "jury of his peers" -- twelve mannequins in Batman costumes), but unless the players can prove Batman's innocence, he'll willingly turn himself over to the police.
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->''Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I know where you live. And if you give a damn about your families' well-being, you ''will'' vote to convict the defendant.''
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