Meaning of kangaroo court

kan'garoo court'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a self-appointed or mob-operated tribunal that disregards or parodies existing principles of law or human rights, esp. one in a frontier area or among criminals in prison.
  2. any crudely or irregularly operated court, esp. one so controlled as to render a fair trial impossible.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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