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Kangaroo court

A kangaroo court is a judicial tribunal or assembly that blatantly disregards recognized standards of law or justice, and often carries little or no official standing in the territory within which it resides. Merriam-Webster defines it as a "mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted".[1] The term may also apply to a court held by a legitimate judicial authority who intentionally disregards the court's legal or ethical obligations.

A kangaroo court is often held to give the appearance of a fair and just trial, even though the verdict has in reality already been decided before the trial has begun.

Contents

  • Etymology 1
  • As informal proceedings in sports 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Etymology

Although the term kangaroo court has been erroneously explained to have its origin from Australia's courts while it was a penal colony,[2] the first published instance is from an American source in the year 1850. Some sources suggest that it may have been popularized during the California Gold Rush of 1849, along with mustang court,[3] as a description of the hastily carried-out proceedings used to deal with the issue of claim jumping miners.[2] Ostensibly the term comes from the notion of justice proceeding "by leaps", like a kangaroo.[4] Another possibility is that the phrase could refer to the pouch of a kangaroo, meaning the court is in someone's pocket. The phrase is popular in the US, Australia and New Zealand and is still in common use.[5]

As informal proceedings in sports

The term is sometimes used without any negative connotation. For example, many

  • Etymology Online
  • The Straight Dope: What's the origin of "kangaroo court"?
  • What's a Kangaroo Court?

External links

  1. ^ "kangaroo court". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b Adams, Cecil. "What's the origin of "kangaroo court"? Is "kangaroo" aborigine for "I don't know"?". The Straight Dope. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Kangaroo Court". Etymology Online. 
  4. ^ "Minor League Baseball In this court most anything goes". The Bulletin. 
  5. ^ "Kangaroo Court". Legal Dictionary. 
  6. ^  

References

See also

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