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Skippy?

Riddles are little poems or phrases that pose a question that needs answering. Riddles frequently rhyme, but this is not a requirement.

 

Puzzle ID:#32162
Fun:*** (2.56)
Difficulty:*** (2.76)
Category:Riddle
Submitted By:jazzmusician46Aau*****
Corrected By:4demo

 

 

 



I am unfair, informal and biased;
I am a sham and completely unauthorised.
My history can be traced to the 19th century;
But I can be very relevant today.
Part of my name comes from legal maxims and common law;
Whilst another is derived from judges hopping from place to place.

What am I?


Answer

A Kangaroo Court

A kangaroo court or kangaroo trial is a deceptive legal proceeding or court. It may be a court that has had its integrity compromised; for example, if the judge is not impartial. It may also be an elaborately scripted event intended to appear fair while having the outcome predetermined from the start. The phrase seems to have originated during the California Gold Rush from the notion of proceeding 'by leaps' like the Kangaroo.

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