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Postby atticus » Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:18 am

What were these called before Australia was discovered?
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby shootist » Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:30 am

The term did not exist before Australia was discovered because there were no kangaroos to put on trial.
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby dls » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:51 am

I suspect that the term kangaroo in kangaroo court refers to the judiciary not the litigant.
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby Hairyloon » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:23 pm

I may be wrong, but didn't even the proper courts back then have a certain macropodidaen aspect to them?
As to the question, I imagine the ordinary folk just went in for a straightforward lynchin', without the pretence of a trial.
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby atticus » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:16 pm

Lynching was not called lynching in those days, being named after an unpleasant American named Lynch.
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby shootist » Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:11 pm

dls wrote:I suspect that the term kangaroo in kangaroo court refers to the judiciary not the litigant.


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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby Goldensyrup » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:39 pm

Forerunner 'Mustang Court' from the gold rush. You jump over normal process.
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby atticus » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:43 pm

Before Australia was invented, Goldie?
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby Hairyloon » Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:47 pm

I think that refers to your point about the lynchin'.
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Re: Kangaroo Courts

Postby Spankymonkey » Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:31 pm

atticus wrote:What were these called before Australia was discovered?


It's an urban myth that Australian courts were referred to as Kangaroo courts in the 18th century. Most of the early settlers were convicts, and the English legal system was imposed upon them from the outset. The courts, although rudimentary, were no less unjust than those in England at that time.
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