kangaroo court
n.
A court that is completely biased against one party and therefore disregards that party’s rights and delivers a judgment or verdict that is unfair to him or her; a trial in a kangaroo court is considered a sham without legal authority.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


kangaroo court
a travesty of a court where there may be some of the paraphernalia or procedure of a court but the essence of a court hearing is absent, i.e.a fair hearing. See natural justice, European Convention on Human Rights.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


kangaroo court
Slang for a court that operates unjustly or with unfair bias.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


kangaroo court
(Slang of U.S. origin.)
An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial conducted by individuals who have taken the law into their own hands, such as those put on by vigilantes or prison inmates; a proceeding and its leaders who are considered sham, corrupt, and without regard for the law.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


kangaroo court
[Slang of U.S. origin.] An unfair, biased, or hasty judicial proceeding that ends in a harsh punishment; an unauthorized trial conducted by individuals who have taken the law into their own hands, such as those put on by vigilantes or prison inmates; a proceeding and its leaders who are considered sham, corrupt, and without regard for the law.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

kangaroo court
n.
   1) a mock court set up without legal basis, such as a fraternity, sports team or army squad might set up to punish minor violations of organizational decorum.
   2) slang for a court of law in which the violations of procedure, precedents, and due process are so gross that fundamental justice is denied. It usually means that the judge is incompetent or obviously biased.
   See also: star chamber proceedings

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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