from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mock court set up in violation of established legal procedure.
- n. A court characterized by dishonesty or incompetence.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding, or a group which conducts such proceedings, which is without proper authority, abusive, or otherwise unjust.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an irregular unauthorized court
First attested 1853 in a Texas context, possibly from the notion of proceeding by leaps or because the kangaroo's appearance defies nature. (Wiktionary)