Star Chamber Proceedings Law and Legal Definition

Star Chamber proceedings refer any judicial or quasi-judicial action, trial or hearing that violates standards of due process that a party appearing in the proceedings is denied. In a star chamber proceeding a fair hearing and justice cannot be expected. Judgments in Star Chamber proceedings will be high-handed, unfair, and predetermined. For example, misuse of subpoena power in conduct of the House Un-American Activities Committee (1938-1975).