Definitions for kangaroo court
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word kangaroo court
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a self-appointed tribunal that disregards or parodies existing principles of law or human rights, esp. such a court in a frontier area or among criminals in prison.
any crudely or irregularly operated court.
Origin of kangaroo court:
an irregular unauthorized court
A judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding, or a group which conducts such proceedings, which is without proper authority, abusive, or otherwise unjust.
Origin: First attested 1853 in a Texas context, possibly from the notion of proceeding by leaps or because the kangaroo's appearance defies nature.
A kangaroo court is "a mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted". It is essentially where the defendant has already been deemed guilty, and has little if any opportunities to object or defend himself.
Find a translation for the kangaroo court definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these kangaroo court definitions with the community:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"kangaroo court." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 28 Aug. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/kangaroo court>.