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** Seemingly sent back in time under uncertain circumstances, Sisko, Odo, and Garak find themselves in the bodies of Bajoran men soon to be condemned for an assassination attempt against Dukat during the Bajoran Occupation. Odo attempts to convince the station security officer, his Cardassian predecessor Thrax, to run a real investigation, but as Thrax coldly informs them, their case has sufficient (circumstantial) evidence for a conviction and will be brought before a special tribunal, whereupon they will be informed of the sentence just ''before'' it meets. [[spoiler: Subsequent events reveal that these words were actually spoken by Odo himself as the station's new security chief, and his belated realization of the miscarriage of justice he caused in sending three innocent men to their deaths was what sparked his obsession with justice rather than law as a path to order.]]

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** Seemingly sent back in time under uncertain circumstances, Sisko, Odo, and Garak find themselves in the bodies of Bajoran men soon to be condemned for an assassination attempt against Dukat during the Bajoran Occupation. Odo attempts to convince the station security officer, his Cardassian predecessor Thrax, to run a real investigation, but as Thrax coldly informs them, their case has sufficient (circumstantial) evidence for a conviction and will be brought before a special tribunal, whereupon they will be informed of the sentence just ''before'' it meets. [[spoiler: Subsequent events reveal that these words were actually spoken by Odo himself as the station's new security chief, and his belated realization of the miscarriage of justice he caused in sending three innocent men to their deaths was what sparked his obsession with justice rather than law as a path to order.]]

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* ''Series/{{The Count of Monte Cristo|1998}}'' (the Creator/GerardDepardieu version released in 1998) includes a scene where Villefort has an impoverished woman sentenced to death for infanticide while delivering a lecture on her immorality. This is [[HypocriticalHumor particularly hypocritical]] as Villefort believes ''himself'' guilty of infanticide.

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* ''Series/VagrantQueen'': After the revolution, The Republic put former aristocrats on trial. Anyone who didn't immediately admit guilt and repent was [[OffWithHisHead beheaded]].

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** The inquiry in [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E19TheFirstDuty The First Duty]] is an inquiry into a plane crash, rather than a trial. That said, it breaks the normal rules for such an inquiry by focusing on trying to assign blames for the crash, while glossing over the many systemic and technological problems that played a bigger role in the crash.


** TrialByCombat is the preferred alternative to judicial trials (e.g. Tyrion resorting to this in the Eeyrie) because any judicial proceeding is going to find you guilty e.g. Tyrion's trial for regicide in "The Laws of Gods and Men". The witnesses give blatantly false or highly misleading testimony and the defendant cannot question the witnesses without leave. The court being convened against Tyrion is composed of three judges, two of whom would almost certainly have voted for his conviction and a sentence of death (if not for Tyrion demanding trial-by-combat): Lord Tywin Lannister, Lord Mace Tyrell, and Prince Oberyn Martell. In private during a recess, Tywin admits that the trial is a sham and the verdict is a forgone conclusion. When Cersei is faced with an inescapable trial by the Faith Militant (while we never actually see them conduct a trial, it seems unlikely that they're much better than the trial Tyrion faced), [[spoiler:she'd sooner ''[[KillItWithFire blow up]]'' [[KillEmAll the entire court, Faith militant, and noble class of King's Landing]] than actually attend her own trial.]] They're ''that'' bad. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1lMFfj2fL8 one DVD extra]], its elaborated that you are pretty screwed if the accusation is bad enough and anything goes according to the judge's mood:

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** TrialByCombat is the preferred alternative to judicial trials (e.g. Tyrion resorting to this in the Eeyrie) because any judicial proceeding is going to find you guilty e.g. Tyrion's trial for regicide in "The Laws of Gods and Men". The witnesses give blatantly false or highly misleading testimony and the defendant cannot question the witnesses without leave. The court being convened against Tyrion is composed of three judges, two of whom would almost certainly have voted for his conviction and a sentence of death (if not for Tyrion demanding trial-by-combat): Lord Tywin Lannister, Lord Mace Tyrell, and Prince Oberyn Martell. In private during a recess, Tywin admits that the trial is a sham and the verdict is a forgone conclusion. When Cersei is faced with an inescapable trial by the Faith Militant (while we never actually see them conduct a trial, it seems unlikely that they're much better than the trial Tyrion faced), [[spoiler:she'd sooner ''[[KillItWithFire blow up]]'' [[KillEmAll the entire court, Faith militant, Militant, and noble class of King's Landing]] than actually attend her own trial.]] They're ''that'' bad. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1lMFfj2fL8 one DVD extra]], its elaborated that you are pretty screwed if the accusation is bad enough and anything goes according to the judge's mood:


** TrialByCombat is the preferred alternative to judicial trials (e.g. Tyrion resorting to this in the Eeyrie) because any judicial proceeding is going to find you guilty e.g. Tyrion's trial for regicide in "The Laws of Gods and Men". The witnesses give blatantly false or highly misleading testimony and the defendant cannot question the witnesses without leave. The court being convened against Tyrion is composed of three judges, two of whom would almost certainly have voted for his conviction and a sentence of death (if not for Tyrion demanding trial-by-combat): Lord Tywin Lannister, Lord Mace Tyrell, and Prince Oberyn Martell. In private during a recess, Tywin admits that the trial is a sham and the verdict is a forgone conclusion. When Cersei is faced with an inescapable trial by the Faith Militant (while we never actually see them conduct a trial, it seems unlikely that they're much better than the trial Tyrion faced),[[spoiler:she'd sooner ''[[KillItWithFire blow up]]'' [[KillEmAll the entire court, Faith militant, and noble class of King's Landing]] than actually attend her own trial.]] They're ''that'' bad. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1lMFfj2fL8 one DVD extra]], its elaborated that you are pretty screwed if the accusation is bad enough and anything goes according to the judge's mood:
-->'''Bronn''': ''If you ever find yourself arrested in the Seven Kingdoms, just remember that justice is up to the judge. Beg him for forgiveness, or pay him for it, or ask to be allowed to take the black; but remember that he doesn't have to let you. There are plenty of lords out there who think hands and heads are great decorations for their spikes. The septons claim that justice is of the gods. [[JerkassGods Nice of them to keep it up there to themselves]].''

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** TrialByCombat is the preferred alternative to judicial trials (e.g. Tyrion resorting to this in the Eeyrie) because any judicial proceeding is going to find you guilty e.g. Tyrion's trial for regicide in "The Laws of Gods and Men". The witnesses give blatantly false or highly misleading testimony and the defendant cannot question the witnesses without leave. The court being convened against Tyrion is composed of three judges, two of whom would almost certainly have voted for his conviction and a sentence of death (if not for Tyrion demanding trial-by-combat): Lord Tywin Lannister, Lord Mace Tyrell, and Prince Oberyn Martell. In private during a recess, Tywin admits that the trial is a sham and the verdict is a forgone conclusion. When Cersei is faced with an inescapable trial by the Faith Militant (while we never actually see them conduct a trial, it seems unlikely that they're much better than the trial Tyrion faced),[[spoiler:she'd faced), [[spoiler:she'd sooner ''[[KillItWithFire blow up]]'' [[KillEmAll the entire court, Faith militant, and noble class of King's Landing]] than actually attend her own trial.]] They're ''that'' bad. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1lMFfj2fL8 one DVD extra]], its elaborated that you are pretty screwed if the accusation is bad enough and anything goes according to the judge's mood:
-->'''Bronn''': ''If --->'''Bronn''': If you ever find yourself arrested in the Seven Kingdoms, just remember that justice is up to the judge. Beg him for forgiveness, or pay him for it, or ask to be allowed to take the black; but remember that he doesn't have to let you. There are plenty of lords out there who think hands and heads are great decorations for their spikes. The septons claim that justice is of the gods. [[JerkassGods Nice of them to keep it up there to themselves]].''

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* ''Series/AFrenchVillage'': Jules promises the group of Milice a fair trial so they'll surrender, and honestly tries to deliver. However, most of the judges are obviously biased against them from the start, then he's ordered by his superior to insure all of them are shot as an example to other Milice who have been shooting people in different places without trial. Their defense attorney, Daniel, is overruled no matter how much merit his objections have, as they also limit considering each case to merely ''fifteen minutes''. As a compromise, they acquit four, but convict all the rest and give them the death sentence, carried out on the next day without appeal. The Milice members themselves recount how they gave a group of Communists a show trial too.


** In "[[Recap/BattlestarGalactica2003S03E05Collaborators Collaborators]]" several cast members are part of a secret group that has been disposing of people suspected of [[LesCollaborateurs collaborating]] with the Cylons during the occupation of New Caprica. They call themselves a jury but the group contains at least three prior members of LaResistance,[[note]]Chief Tyrol's wife Cally was nearly executed by the Cylons by firing squad, Sam Anders's wife Starbuck was held prisoner by the Cylons for the whole length of the occupation, and Colonel Tigh lost an eye and was forced to execute his own wife for leaking a Resistance meeting to keep the Cylons from killing him.[[/note]] and later Starbuck.[[note]]Who had been held by a Leoben who was trying to MindRape her into falling in love with him by StockholmSyndrome, and been told that a toddler Leoben brought in was her test-tube daughter when it was just a girl kidnapped from the colony.[[/note]] [[spoiler:They finally stop what they're doing when they nearly execute Gaeta, only for Gaeta to say something only the Resistance's mole in the Baltar Administration would know.]] In the wake of this, President Roslin orders that there be no further trials, legitimate or otherwise, and to instead set up a truth and reconciliation commission. Later, Lee claims Gaius Baltar's treason trial is an example of this as well, and he gives a compelling enough argument that the judges acquit him, subverting the trope.

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** In "[[Recap/BattlestarGalactica2003S03E05Collaborators Collaborators]]" several cast members are part of a secret group that has been disposing of people suspected of [[LesCollaborateurs collaborating]] with the Cylons during the occupation of New Caprica. They call themselves a jury but the group contains at least three prior members of LaResistance,[[note]]Chief Tyrol's wife Cally was nearly executed by the Cylons by firing squad, Sam Anders's wife Starbuck was held prisoner by the Cylons for the whole length of the occupation, and Colonel Tigh lost an eye and was forced to execute his own wife for leaking a Resistance meeting to keep the Cylons from killing him.[[/note]] and later Starbuck.[[note]]Who had been held by a Leoben who was trying to MindRape her into falling in love with him by StockholmSyndrome, and been told that a toddler Leoben brought in was her test-tube daughter when it was just a girl kidnapped from the colony.[[/note]] [[spoiler:They finally stop what they're doing when they nearly execute Gaeta, only for Gaeta to say something only the Resistance's mole in the Baltar Administration would know.]] As it turns out, they were under orders from President Zarek, who knew that he would be replaced with Roslin anyway and wanted to get rid of the worst collaborators quietly so that Roslin's second term would not devolve into an endless witch hunt. In the wake of this, President Roslin orders that there be no further trials, legitimate or otherwise, and to instead set up a truth and reconciliation commission. Later, Lee claims Gaius Baltar's treason trial is an example of this as well, and he gives a compelling enough argument that the judges acquit him, subverting the trope.


** "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVJustice Justice]]" features a device called a "mind probe", which essentially carries out entire trials: it scans people's minds for feelings of guilt, and then convicts over the cause of the guilt. This might sound fair, but it leads to a huge injustice for Rimmer when he is convicted for causing the accident that killed the Red Dwarf crew. He blames himself for the accident, and so feels guilt, but, as Kryten shows on appeal, Rimmer feels guilt over something that, when viewed objectively, wasn't really his fault. In short, the mind probe made Rimmer into his own kangaroo court.

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** "[[Recap/RedDwarfSeasonIVJustice Justice]]" features a device called a "mind probe", which essentially carries out entire trials: it scans people's minds for feelings of guilt, and then convicts over the cause of the guilt. This might sound fair, but it leads to a huge injustice for Rimmer when he is convicted for causing the accident that killed the Red Dwarf crew. He blames himself for the accident, and so feels guilt, but, as Kryten shows on appeal, Rimmer feels guilt over something that, when viewed objectively, wasn't really his fault. In short, the mind probe made Rimmer into his own kangaroo court. Kryten argues that Rimmer is so clearly incompetent (using the fact Rimmer objects to his own defence as further evidence of this) that he would never be given such responsibility.


** There's the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe's court martial in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]". Accused of being spies, they are sentenced to death with the barest pretense of a trial.
** There's the dispute proceedings in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]" between the colonists and the mining corporation. Being presided over by the Master impersonating an Earth adjudicator, the case is decided by which result best suits his private aims, and then the result is later overturned when such a reversal would prove fortuitous for his plans.

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** There's the Doctor, Jamie, and Zoe's court martial in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E7TheWarGames The War Games]]". Accused of being spies, they are sentenced to death with the barest pretense of a trial.
trial. The General presiding over this is really an alien who hypnotises other people there to make the verdict go his way.
** There's the dispute proceedings in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E4ColonyInSpace Colony in Space]]" between the colonists and the mining corporation. Being presided over by the Master impersonating an Earth adjudicator, the case is decided by which result best suits his private aims, and then the result is later overturned when such a reversal would prove fortuitous for his plans. This acts as foreshadowing for the Doctor's trial at the end of the story, which is actually conducted in a fairer manner.


** Blackadder's court martial in ''Blackadder Goes Forth''. The charge: disobeying orders and killing General Melchett's favourite pigeon. The witness: General Melchett. The judge: General Melchett. Before they begin, Melchett says "Pass me [[BlackCapOfDeath the black cap]], I'll be needing that", and the defence attorney is fined for wasting the court's time by turning up. Edmund [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the whole thing after the black cap comment by remarking [[DeadpanSnarker "I love a fair trial."]] [[spoiler:RealityEnsues when George's cousin at the War Ministry overturns the conviction and death sentence at the last second, on grounds of the unfair trial.]]

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** Blackadder's court martial in ''Blackadder Goes Forth''. The charge: disobeying orders and killing General Melchett's favourite pigeon. The witness: General Melchett. The judge: General Melchett. Before they begin, Melchett says "Pass me [[BlackCapOfDeath the black cap]], I'll be needing that", and the defence attorney is fined for wasting the court's time by turning up. Edmund [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the whole thing after the black cap comment by remarking [[DeadpanSnarker "I love a fair trial."]] [[spoiler:RealityEnsues when George's cousin uncle at the War Ministry overturns the conviction and death sentence at the last second, on grounds of the unfair trial.]]


** Worf and Ezri Dax are captured by the Cardassians and are informed they are being charged as war criminals. When Dax demands to know what the charges are, Damar tells her "You don't need to know that. All you need to know is you will be tried, found guilty, and executed." Interestingly, later Damar mentions they can't just summarily execute them, as the trial needs to occur and the sentences need to be given. Apparently they still have a right to have a show trial.

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** Worf and Ezri Dax are captured by the Cardassians and are informed they are being charged as war criminals. When Dax demands to know what the charges are, Damar tells her "You don't need to know that. All you need to know is you will be tried, found guilty, and executed." Interestingly, later Damar mentions they can't just summarily execute them, as the trial needs to occur and the sentences need to be given. Apparently they still have a right to have a show trial. [[spoiler: Fortunately for them their conviction syncs up with Damar's HeelFaceTurn and he helps them escape.]]


*** Although, the ExpandedUniverse has posited that these "trials" are [[ExactWords exactly that]]. Meaning, tests, to see if they’re good enough to be worthy Dalek allies. If they fail the test... EXTERMINATE! Whether this is canon is, as always with this franchise, up to the individual fan.

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*** Although, the ExpandedUniverse has posited that these "trials" are [[ExactWords exactly that]]. Meaning, tests, to see if they’re good enough to be worthy Dalek allies. If they fail the test... EXTERMINATE! Whether this is canon is, as always with this franchise, up to the individual fan.

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* ''Series/PerryMason2020'' season one has Perry and his friends desperately do anything in their power to make sure that the trial of Emily Dobson does not become this. Emily is charged with conspiring with her lover to kidnap her own baby son so they can exhort a hefty ransom from her wealthy father-in-law. The baby died during the kidnapping and the guilt-ridden lover allegedly killed his accomplices and then committed suicide. The case against Emily is extremely weak but the District Attorney wants to run for Governor and needs a high profile case to boost his popularity. Emily is charged because the DA believes that he can spin her infidelity into a sinister motive and will try to present her to the jury as an inhuman monster who killed her own child. When the highly competent E.B tries to defend Emily in court, the DA blackmails him into suicide and has one of his cronies appointed as replacement defense attorney. Perry has to step in or the trial will be a farce where both the prosecution and defense will try to railroad Emily into a death penalty guilty verdict.

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