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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]] Civil law is in essence about money, and the more affluent you are the better are your chances often. Criminal law on the other hand is about crime and punishment, and here is a much greater sense of equality before the law[[/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 CopShow or a PoliceProcedural) 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 CourtroomEpisode.

CourtroomAntics are to be expected. Also see TheCourtroomIndex for a list of common tropes.


[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]

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

[[AC:{{Fan Works}}]]

* ''[[FanFic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries Vinyl and Octavia Duel Destiny]]'' is this, as it's mostly a homage to ''Franchise/AceAttorney''.

[[AC:{{Film}}]] [-(adaptations or original works)-]

* ''Film/TwelveAngryMen'' The jury deliberation is the only focus on the film/play.
* ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder''
* ''Film/AndJusticeForAll''
* ''Literature/TheCaineMutiny''
* ''Literature/ACivilAction''
* ''Film/TheClient''
* ''Compulsion'', A 1959 film with Creator/OrsonWelles, based on the Leopold and Loeb murder trial.
* ''Film/AFewGoodMen''
* ''Film/{{Fracture|2007}}''
* ''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''
* ''Film/TheOxBowIncident''
* ''Film/ThePassionOfJoanOfArc''
* ''Film/PathsOfGlory''
* ''Film/ThePeopleVsLarryFlynt''
* ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}''
* ''Film/PresumedInnocent''
* ''Film/TheRainmaker''
* ''Film/ReversalOfFortune''
* ''Film/RunawayJury''
* ''Film/SnowFallingOnCedars''
* ''Film/TheTrial'' a 1962 film by Creator/OrsonWelles, based on the novel by Creator/FranzKafka.
* ''Film/TheVerdict''
* ''Film/WitnessForTheProsecution''. Creator/BillyWilder's adaptation of Creator/AgathaChristie.
* ''Film/TheWrongMan''


* ''[[Literature/TheIcelandicSagas Njal's Saga]]'', a saga of a lawyer in medieval Iceland. Possibly the UrExample.
* ''Literature/MickeyHaller'' series
** ''Literature/TheLincolnLawyer''
** ''Literature/TheFifthWitness''
** ''Literature/TheGodsOfGuilt''

[[AC:LiveActionTV]] [-(adaptations or original works)-]

* ''Series/AllyMcBeal''
* ''Series/BostonLegal''
* ''Series/{{Bull}}''
* ''Series/CenturyCity'', court cases from the future
* ''Series/ChicagoJustice''
* ''Series/{{Conviction}}''
* ''Series/Conviction2016''
* ''Series/{{Crownies}}''
* ''Series/{{Damages}}'', though it has virtually no scenes in actual courtrooms
* ''The Defenders''
* ''Series/TheDeepEnd''
* ''Series/EqualJustice''
* ''Series/FairlyLegal''
* ''Series/FamilyLaw''
* ''Series/TheFirm''
* ''Series/FirstMonday''
* ''Series/FranklinAndBash''
* ''Series/GarrowsLaw''
* ''Series/TheGoodWife''
* ''Series/TheGrinder''
* ''Series/HarrysLaw''
* ''Series/HowToGetAwayWithMurder''
* ''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}}''
* ''Series/MurderOne''
* ''Series/TheNightOf'' covers PoliceProcedural as well as jail and law procedural.
* ''Series/{{Nuremberg}}''
* ''Series/ThePractice''
* ''Franchise/PerryMason''. 80 novels. Ur-example and TropeCodifier in Television.
* ''Series/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''
* ''Series/TheWholeTruth''
* ''Series/TheWire'' Occasionally, with emphasis on the police-attorneys collaboration.

* ''Theatre/TheAndersonvilleTrial''
* ''Theatre/{{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.

* ''Franchise/AceAttorney''

* ''Webcomic/SupernaturalLaw'', which [[MixAndMatch combines]] this genre with UrbanFantasy.