Kangaroo Trial Law and Legal Definition

Kangaroo court or Kangaroo trial is a phrase used to describe a judicial proceeding that denies due process rights to the parties. Due process rights include the right of cross-examination and the right against self-incrimination. It usually refers to a sham legal proceeding. A kangaroo trial may have elaborately scripted events intended for a predetermined outcome. The outcome of the trial is essentially determined in advance.