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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.
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kangaroo court

a bogus or illegal court. Is this a staff meeting or a kangaroo court? You have turned this interview into a kangaroo court.
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kangaroo court

A self-appointed tribunal that violates established legal procedure; also, a dishonest or incompetent court of law. For example, The rebels set up a kangaroo court and condemned the prisoners to summary execution, or That judge runs a kangaroo court-he tells rape victims they should have been more careful . This expression is thought to liken the jumping ability of kangaroos to a court that jumps to conclusions on an invalid basis. [Mid-1800s]
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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.
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It was only last December, that a Kangaroo court in Mathkathpur village, near IITKharagpur, ordered a 30-yearold woman to be stripped and beaten up for not revealing an extra-marital relationship with her neighbour.
Among the more famous personages I discovered in my search for kangaroo courts is Gus Hall, former leader of the American Communist Party.
I have heard more law and more law and more constitutional rights in kangaroo courts.
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and More: A Survey of Litigation Arising from the Operation of Kangaroo Courts, 1 INT'L J.
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Finally, however, while the case law is replete with examples of adjudicatory behavior that judges, attorneys, and litigants consider to be kangaroolike, not a single one of the more than four hundred kangaroo court opinions I found explains why the kangaroo was selected--rather than, say, the warthog, the crocodile, or the armadillo--to serve as the animal symbol for decision-making malfeasance.
Having established, with some specificity, the nature of the complaints a litigant may be attempting to make by calling a tribunal a kangaroo court, I turn to the heart of this article, which is a compendium of colorful charges of kangaroo-ism.
Every once in a while, man bites dog--or dingo: on rare occasion, a decision maker will identify his or her own tribunal as a kangaroo court.
It is the right of the accused to be tried by a legally constituted court, not by a kangaroo court.
514, (44) it was not "plainly unwarranted and clearly injurious" (45) to permit "Lee's counsel to refer to South Dakota's continuing contract law as providing a 'kangaroo court'" (46) at least in part because the School Board president admitted that the statutory hearing available before the board over which he presided could, indeed, be a kangaroo court.
In the ususal case, a litigant accuses a judge directly of running a kangaroo court.
Sholley, (49) a group of men protesting judicial treatment of men in domestic violence cases picketed the Quincy (Massachusetts) District Court carrying signs reading "Free Raymond Barrio," "This is a Kangaroo Court," and "Man can get no justice in this Court.
Examples of these signs are: Batavia: A Rotten Can of Worms; Liberty and Justice for $um; Clermont County Kangaroo Court, Batavia, Ohio, Judge Ralph Hill, Presiding; Judge Ralph Hill, Military The tank was parked in parking stalls and [c]oins were periodically inserted into the parking meters.
It is one thing for a litigant to blurt out, in the heat of the moment, that the judge who is ruling against him or her is running a kangaroo court.
In the Manoj- Babli case, the panchayat also honoured Ganga Raj ( the kangaroo court leader who was given life imprisonment) after the murders.