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->''Series/LawAndOrder'', but without the Order.
-->--Series {{tagline}}

Canadian courtroom {{dramedy}} that ran from 2004 to 2006, winner of four Gemini Awards. Set in Toronto's Old City Hall courtrooms, it gave a much more realistic and unromanticized view of courtroom procedure than most similar shows: instead of there being a MysteryOfTheWeek, there would be multiple cases per episode, and most of them would go to Plea Court, Bail Court, or the ever-depressing Mental Health Court. Very rarely would a trial actually commence, and very rarely would the case be particularly high profile. It was usually stuff like Illegally Being on the Premises or drugs.

It focused primarily on a young defense attorney named Alice De Raey, who is basically good-natured but has the tendency to swear under her breath. She is occasionally helped by scary-efficient Vietnamese-Canadian law student Nancy Dao, given frequent helpful advice from scruffy and sex-crazed defense counsel Elliot Sacks, and not helped at all by her boss, James Ryder, who is in the middle of a nervous breakdown.

!!Provides examples of the following tropes:
* AliceAllusion - The main character's name is Alice [=DeRaey=]. And it's Wonderland.
* AmbiguouslyGay - Crown Prosecutor David Kaye ([[NamesTheSame not to be confused]] with the [[Creator/DavidKaye voice actor]] for Megatron on ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''). He's fashion-conscious, moonlights as a hairstylist, and mentions that he loves musical theatre.
* AmoralAttorney - Jack Angel in Season 3, though overall, the series was an aversion of this stereotype about lawyers.
* AnimalWrongsGroup:
-->'''Alice''': You are a member of PETA, are you not?\\
'''Witness''': Yes. Does that make me a criminal?\\
'''Judge Fraser''': No, but it does make you an opinionated pain in the butt.
* BeardOfEvil - Fortella
* BittersweetEnding
* BunnyEarsLawyer - In Season 3, Elliot goes through an identity crisis and tries new "looks" for himself, including Goth, and Dressed Exactly Like Kaye. Judge Frasier also has the tendency to hum loudly when people he doesn't like are talking, and complain of boredom.
* CatchPhrase - Judge Malone gradually acquires "There must be something we can do to help this man/woman/child."
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown - Elliot accidentally implies that his mother once walked in on him.
* CheshireCatGrin - Judge Frasier usually had one of these.
* ChronicVillainy - A lot of repeat offenders come through the system.
* CourtroomAntic - "Check this out: you do that again in my courtroom, and I'm throwing you in jail."
* DeadpanSnarker - Alice, Kaye, Judge Frasier
* DidIJustSayThatOutLoud - Alice occasionally gets called on her external monologue.
-->'''Alice''': It was nothing. I was just talking to myself.
-->'''James''': Oh. That's not good.
* DomesticAbuse - Quite common in cases.
* DrivenToSuicide - A few suicide cases came through Mental Health Court, but they were all saved.
* FreudianSlip - After Elliot reveals too much about his adolescence during a trial, Judge Serkis accidentally calls him "Mr. Sex".
* HeterosexualLifePartners - Alice and Nancy
* HeroicBSOD - James Ryder is recovering (poorly) from a nervous breakdown.
* ItsPersonal - Elliot has the tendency to drag too much of his personality into cases and embarrass himself.
* JerkAss - Quite a few come through the courts.
* GoodLawyersGoodClients - Frequently averted.
* GrotesqueGallery - Rosemary Davis. Ewwww.
* LatinLover - Elliot dates the courtroom's Spanish translator for a little while
* LeftHanging - The final episode leaves quite a few loose ends.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MagicalNegro - Subverted with Mr. Jackson, who ''is'' a highly religious and sweet-natured homeless black man, but he's ''also'' very smart and demands respect.
* MartyrWithoutACause - One guest character, played by Ron White.
* MonsterClown - Played with: Judge Frasier develops a bizarre obsession with clowns, and fills his office with porcelain ones, which frighten children in one scene. They ultimately serve as a sort of MoralityPet for him, though.
* NiceGuy - Judge Malone, benevolent ruler of Mental Health Court. There's also Mr. Jackson.
* OneSteveLimit - Averted: there are two characters with the last one Davis. One, Anthony Davis, is a handsome black lawyer who used to be a cop. Another, Rosemary, is an incredibly ugly and none-too-bright white trash crackhead.
* PositiveDiscrimination - Generally averted. There are {{jerk ass}}es of every race, colour, and creed.
* PromotionToOpeningTitles - Yanna [=McIntosh=] as Zona Robinson in Season 2, Vik Sahay as Anil Sharma in Season 3
* PunctuatedForEmphasis - Judge Frasier's infamous "BIZARRE! MEXICAN! NIGHTMARE!"
** Also, Richard Waugh's character, repeatedly questioned as to the location of his mom, eventually screams "AT! THE! LAKE!"
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic - Very much averted. This is something of creator George Walker's trademark.
* SarcasmMode - The title.
* SassyBlackWoman - Zona is a benevolent example. Another episode featured a much more annoying one.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse - Elliot tries to use this as a way of hitting on a woman, speculating that in her native South America, he beauty must have been a curse.
* SpecialGuest - Quite a few actors did guest spots as defendants, complainants, or witnesses, including Frank [=McKenna=] of ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'', Graham Greene, and Richard [[Franchise/ResidentEvil "Albert Wesker"]] Waugh
* StalkerWithACrush - Happened in a few cases.
* StepfordSmiler - Nancy, to some extent, but Pamela Menon even moreso. Alice lampshades this, with an explicit reference to the original Stepford.
* SuicideByCop
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, combined with INeverSaidItWasPoison
* VerbalTic - Alice has the tendency to swear under her breath.
* WaifFu - A more moderate example: a HuskyRusskie gets a bit pushy with Alice, so she twists his arm around. BewareTheNiceOnes.
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre - The title is meant ironically
* WholesomeCrossdresser - Mr. Jackson is friends with a pair of them.
* WireFu - A defendant claims to have been intimidated by the martial arts stance of a Chinese man he put in the hospital. "I had just seen that movie, ''[[Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon Crouching Tiger]]'', or whatever..." causing Judge Frasier to quip, "And you thought he was gonna fly?"
* AWorldHalfFull
* WorthyOpponent - David Kaye
* YouAreNumberSix: In one episode, a mentally unstable woman claims a man, who is an agent of the Catholic Church, kidnaps her every week. This nefarious man has no name and is only known by a roman numeral.