"[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."Watch the lawyers do their thing. Also commonly known as a Courtroom Drama, this is a work of dramatic fiction principally about litigation: be it civil or criminal cases, with the latter being more common because it often makes for better drama note . A military courtroom drama is one of the most common subgenres. Most crime dramas focus on criminal investigations done by law enforcement officers (in the form of a either a Cop Show or a Police Procedural) and does not often extend to anything happening in a courtroom. In such works where courtroom drama only lasts a single or in a few episodes only, it's a Courtroom Episode. If you're looking for works about people who make the law, see Government Procedural. Courtroom Antics are to be expected. Also see The Courtroom Index for a list of common tropes.
— Decision of the Canadian Supreme Court in R. v. Burlingham,  2 S.C.R. 206.
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Anime and Manga
- Vinyl and Octavia Duel Destiny is this, as it's mostly a homage to Ace Attorney.
- Turnabout Storm, another major Ace Attorney/My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Crossover.
- Chrysalis Visits The Hague is about Queen Chrysalis facing an ICC war crimes tribunal, and the legal and social implications thereof.
(adaptations or original works)
- 12 Angry Men The jury deliberation is the only focus on the film/play.
- Anatomy of a Murder
- ...And Justice for All
- The Caine Mutiny
- A Civil Action
- The Client
- Compulsion, A 1959 film with Orson Welles, based on the Leopold and Loeb murder trial.
- Denial, A 2016 film about a libel suit between American Holocaust specialist Deborah Lipstadt (and her publisher) and British Holocaust denier David Irving.
- A Few Good Men
- Inherit the Wind
- In the Name of the Father
- Judgment at Nuremberg
- Kramer vs. Kramer
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- M, featuring not a legal courtroom but the criminal underworld equivalent.
- A Man for All Seasons
- The Ox-Bow Incident
- The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Paths of Glory
- The People vs. Larry Flynt
- Presumed Innocent
- The Rainmaker
- Reversal of Fortune
- Runaway Jury
- Snow Falling on Cedars
- The Trial a 1962 film by Orson Welles, based on the novel by Franz Kafka.
- The Truth (1960)
- The Verdict
- Witness for the Prosecution. Billy Wilder's adaptation of Agatha Christie.
- The Wrong Man
- Njal's Saga, a saga of a lawyer in medieval Iceland. Possibly the Ur-Example.
- The Associate and Rogue Lawyer are legal thrillers by John Grisham.
- Snow Falling on Cedars is a legal thriller by Scott Turow.
- Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President—And Won by Brandt Goldstein is, well, Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- Verbrechen (Crime) by German lawyer Friedrich von Schirach. Although he stated that the cases presented were fictionalized accounts of his actual cases, those were later debunked.
- Spisi i ljudi (Documents and people) by Serbian lawyer and academic Tibor Varadi is a somewhat fictionalized account of the legal cases from his family archive, spanning from 1893 until today.
- Mickey Haller series
- [[Literature/Christopher Paget]] and it's spinoffs have a few
Live Action TV
(adaptations or original works)
- Ally McBeal
- American Crime Story
- Better Call Saul
- Boston Legal
- Century City, court cases from the future
- Chicago Justice
- Conviction (2016)
- Damages, though it has virtually no scenes in actual courtrooms
- The Defenders
- The Deep End
- Equal Justice
- Fairly Legal
- Family Law
- The Firm
- First Monday
- Franklin & Bash
- Garrow's Law
- The Good Wife
- The Grinder
- Harry's Law
- How to Get Away with Murder
- The Australian series Janus.
- Judging Amy
- Just Cause
- L.A. Law
- The second half of Law & Order (See Police Procedural for the first half)
- Murder One
- The Night Of covers Police Procedural as well as jail and law procedural.
- The Practice
- Perry Mason. 80 novels. Ur-example and Trope Codifier in Television.
- Raising the Bar
- Rumpole of the Bailey
- Sad Cypress . An Agatha Christie novel adapted for Radio and Television.
- Shots Fired, some partial involvement of a prosecutor investing potential shooting motivated by race.
- 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.
- This Is Wonderland
- The Whole Truth
- The Wire Occasionally, with emphasis on the police-attorneys collaboration.