"One more outburst like that and I'll clear this courtroom!"
Device used to indicate shock at the events of a trial.
Note that the courtroom is never actually cleared. Therefore, once the Penultimate Outburst is heard, it's a signal that the trial's drama has reached its climax.
Also the punchline of a joke about a flatulent judge.
See also: Courtroom Antic
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Live Action Television
- Used word for word in Law & Order, "Life Line". However, there was a subsequent outburst and the judge did clear the courtroom, as promised. It makes up for that bit of reality for not having either of the outbursters (both obvious gang members making death threats towards the testifying witness) led out in handcuffs.
- Episode 25 of Monty Python's Flying Circus: "If there's any more Stock Footage of women applauding, I shall be forced to clear the court!"
- This happens in the first season of Soap during Jessica's murder trial since her entire family disturbs the court. The judge was referring to the time Jessica ignored a question, ran up to the jury after she recognised one of them and started dancing and singing when they had done a dance routine together. It didn't start to get serious after that point.
- In the JAG episode "Heroes", it's the judge that delivers the penultimate outburst after Harm had fired an MP-5 in the courtroom.
- As essential part of the Ace Attorney games. Your life meter represents the judge's temper; objecting to perfectly fine comments or presenting irrelevant evidence pushes the judge, who will happily end the trial early and find a defendant guilty just because Phoenix is being petulant. Occasionally used in-story too, usually to get a character thrown out on contempt of court. In the series, you're guilty unless proven innocent, so if the defense shows itself unable to come up with anything in his client's defense except Courtroom Antics, then there's no point continuing.
- Also seen in the 1974 Charlie Brown special It's A Mystery, Charlie Brown, where Lucy Van Pelt uses it word for word... at the end of a "trial" where she decides that Woodstock can have his nest back from Sally Brown.