a kangaroo court

kangaroo court

An unofficial court or a court that disregards current laws and conducts unfair trials. People who live under oppressive regimes are often treated harshly by corrupt kangaroo courts that don't abide by the law.
See also: court, kangaroo

a kangaroo court

A kangaroo court is a court that is created quickly and is not official, and often not fair. All kinds of strange people appeared to testify in the kangaroo court which the newspapers had set up. I've been shot at, beaten up my military police, and sentenced to life imprisonment by a kangaroo court.
See also: court, kangaroo
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"The players hold a kangaroo court that turns intense; Charles (Williams) tries to figure out why Brockmire thinks he is gay."
In an interview over DZMM, Alvarez gave this reaction to De Lima's calling the House of Representatives a kangaroo court for its planned congressional probe in aid of legislation on the drug trade at the national penitentiary when De Lima was justice secretary.
Hitting back at claims from Sir Philip that the committee acted as a "kangaroo court" against him, Mr Field said: "The idea that it is a kangaroo court, it is just displacement therapy for him - facing up to the evil that he has done in destroying BHS, workers' jobs, and pension fund liabilities, and a need now for him to do something about it, which is write that big cheque.
Hitting back at claims from Sir Philip that the committee acted as a "kangaroo court" against him, Mr Field told the BBC: "The idea that it is a kangaroo court, it is just displacement therapy for him - facing up to the evil that he has done in destroying BHS, workers' jobs, and pension fund liabilities, and a need now for him to do something about it, which is write that big cheque.
In a letter, Sir Philip said: "Even before the parliamentary inquiry started hearing from witnesses, you turned it into little more than a kangaroo court, with your constant press campaign barracking and insulting me and my family and your announcement from day one that the predetermined result of the inquiry was that I either sign a large cheque or lose my knighthood.
CAMPAIGNING councillor Keith Kondakor has been hauled before what he calls "a kangaroo court" to answer a complaint about his conduct.
Yes, this type of an unheardof- punishment recently awarded to a 20-year-old tribal girl for falling in love with a boy from a different caste was carried out on the order of a kangaroo court in Sabalpur village in West Bengal's Birbhum district.
Today we have organised a kangaroo court to pass on a judgment against him," said a Maoist.
"It was almost like a kangaroo court without you present."
Estrada, who called the verdict "a political deci-sion" by "a kangaroo court," also was ordered to forfeit a mansion and more than pounds 7.8 million, plus interest, that was deposited into two bank accounts.
Like any good police state, the UN will need a kangaroo court in which to try those "criminals" who oppose the UN world order or who transgress the web of international law created and administered by the world body.
If convicted of a serious crime in such a kangaroo court, these enemy combatants can then be executed.
In law school, no professor ever told me it was a bad idea to tell a judge that he or she was presiding over a kangaroo court. Writing the preceding sentence makes the proposition seem self-evident.
SHAMED Merseyside solicitor Kevin Dooley today claimed he had been ``stitched up by a kangaroo court'' which struck him off.
Industry housing leaders were shocked at the resignation and applauded Holland's tenure as having turned around the agency from a kangaroo court to an impartial arena.