kangaroo court(redirected from Drumhead trial)
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1. A mock court, especially one hastily improvised or irregularly conducted.
2. A court characterized by dishonesty or incompetence.
an irregular court, esp one set up by prisoners in a jail or by strikers to judge strikebreakers
1. 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.
2. any crudely or irregularly operated court.
An illegal or dishonest court.