Law Procedural

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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. 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.

Examples:

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     Anime and Manga  

     Fan Works  

     Film  

     Literature  

  • 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

     Live Action TV  
(adaptations or original works)

     Theatre  

  • The Andersonville Trial
  • Parade, a Broadway musical set around the murder trial of an innocent man.
  • The Broken Jug (Der zerbrochne Krug) by Heinrich von Kleist. The central element is a trial in a rural court.

     Videogames  

     Webcomics  


Alternative Title(s): Courtroom Drama

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