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Law Procedural
aka: Courtroom Drama

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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 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 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.

Index of law procedural works:

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Daredevil: The titular protagonist is a lawyer, so scenes when he's not doing his superheroics have him do his day job.

    Fan Works 

(adaptations or original works)

  • Babylon has Japanese public prosecutors as the main characters investigating a pharmaceutical company for rigging fake test results from a university.
  • Christopher Paget and its spinoffs have a few


  • 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.
  • Storming the Court: How a Band of Yale Law Students Sued the President—And Won by Brandt Goldstein.
  • 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.

    Live-Action TV 
(adaptations or original works)

  • The Andersonville Trial
  • The Broken Jug (Der zerbrochne Krug) by Heinrich von Kleist. The central element is a trial in a rural court.
  • Chicago, in part, as it cover's Roxy Hart's trial for the murder of her lover in a crime of passion.
  • A Man for All Seasons, and its film adaptation.
  • Parade, a Broadway musical set around the murder trial of an innocent man.

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    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Courtroom Drama, Legal Drama