From Judge Judy to Law And Order, few things compete with our endearing fascination with courtroom drama. It encompasses everything from tension to characters, from raw emotions to unmistakable bravado.

Luckily for all the legal drama fans, both on screen and in real life, there’s a whole destination to feast on titled “Overheard Courthouse.” As you suspect, it follows the trend of other similar accounts like “Overheard LA”, “Overheard London” or “Overheard Amazon” by sharing the too-good-not-to-share conversations that people have (let’s assume accidentally) eavesdropped on.

“Overheard Courthouse” welcomes submissions and transcripts from courtrooms across the world and shares the most entertaining ones for its 98.6k followers to see. Below are some of the best ones, so scroll down and upvote your favorite ones!

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Leo Domitrix
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2 weeks ago

I really like this judge.!

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A courtroom is certainly a tense environment. Think of all the pressure that accumulates in that room: from the judge carefully analyzing every statement and teams of lawyers ready to pounce on anything said that is even slightly inaccurate or worth objecting over, and court reporters frantically typing to ensure every word uttered is recorded exactly right. No wonder many entertaining conversations worthy of courtroom drama happen right here.

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PCW10101
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2 weeks ago

Well put!

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Bellala
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2 weeks ago (edited)

That's kind of the point here

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Bored Panda reached out to the creator behind the Overheard Courthouse Instagram account who wanted to stay anonymous. “I started @attorney.memes in 2018 and while I was growing that account, I decided to start an account similar to the likes of @overheardla and @overheardnewyork that would detail all the unusual things that are heard in courtrooms,” the creator told us.

At first, they started out posting transcripts of trials collected from various websites they found online. But as the account grew, “my followers began sending me transcripts from their own depositions/trials and unusual statements that they had personally heard so the account started to form its own identity,” the creator recounted.

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Catarina
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2 weeks ago

OMG 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Francisco Manuel Teruel Gutiérrez
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2 weeks ago

Upvote for Judge and Counsel.

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Monday
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2 weeks ago

It's the only face I've got okay....

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Part of courtrooms being a perfect place for hilarious conversations to occur has to do with the fact that there is the clash between the etiquette that’s required in a courtroom vs. life outside the courtroom, the person who runs Overheard Courthouse argues.

“Many people outside of the justice system aren’t aware that there’s a certain demeanor expected while in the presence of the court that differs from today’s social norms which tend to be more informal. When you put someone who’s not familiar with the etiquette that is expected in a courtroom, it makes for some hilarious moments,” they explained and added: “That’s especially true for individuals who opt not to hire a licensed attorney and decide to represent themselves.”

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Eva the Egg
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2 weeks ago (edited)

HAHAHA GOLDDD "because our dog isnt fixed"

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

I can't go to the party either. Like I said, plans.

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Bellala
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2 weeks ago

I mean, fair enough

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The creator explained further: “These individuals are usually known in the U.S. justice system as being 'pro se' or 'pro per' depending on the jurisdiction. The submissions involving pro pers are some of the funniest ones because not only do you have someone who may not be familiar with courtroom etiquette, but they’re placing themselves in a position where they’re not trained or experienced to handle their case and all the complexities and nuances that may come with it, which leads to some hilarious moments,” they told Bored Panda.

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miven666
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2 weeks ago

Fair enough xD

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Eva the Egg
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2 weeks ago

everyone in jail when they find out : 😧😧😧

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

Aspirations

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The person behind Overheard Courthouse said that they try to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to determining which submissions to post. “Oftentimes I get so many that it’s hard to keep up, but I do my best to get to as many as I can. I also think it’s important to not necessarily share just the funny ones. I think it’s important to share the ones that may be disheartening, heartwarming, and even contain offensive language because they’re all a part of the justice system and it’s important to be aware of what transpires in a courtroom that the general public may not otherwise be aware of. I think these ones are the most memorable ones because although they may not be entertaining, they’re certainly eye-opening.”

“One of the funnier and more memorable ones,” the author said, “is an audio recording of a United States Supreme Court case where oral arguments were being made virtually due to the pandemic and a toilet can be heard being flushed in the background while one of the attorneys is making his oral argument.” They added: “The thought of a Supreme Court Justice flushing their toilet while an attorney is making his argument to the highest court of the United States is uniquely hilarious and memorable.”

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
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2 weeks ago

Yes, please. I like cake

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

Priorities.

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Leo Domitrix
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2 weeks ago

Even his attorney gave up. Ouch.

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According to the author of Overheard Courthouse, the large majority of the account’s followers work in the legal profession and likely have some degree of experience working in a courtroom such as court reporters and trial attorneys. “Most of my submissions are from court reporters and attorneys who understandably wish to remain anonymous. Most of the feedback I’ve received is positive because my followers can relate to the content.”

Moreover, the author said that they have received some feedback from several followers questioning whether the statements overheard are authentic and have expressed skepticism. “When I receive a submission, I’ll sometimes ask for additional context regarding the statements that were overheard and where they occurred. Ultimately, I’d like to believe most of the submissions are genuine because they’re coming from legal professionals who are expected to be ethical and maintain a degree of integrity,” they said.

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Cel Ru
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2 weeks ago

Definitely about my ex

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Bellala
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2 weeks ago

I bite back! Literally

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JayCee
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2 weeks ago

2 years later...

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When asked about the future plans of the account, the person behind Overheard Courthouse said that for now, they plan on keeping the account going as it is and post as many submissions as possible. “In the past, I’ve highlighted unusual events experienced by my followers during virtual court as a result of the pandemic. I may do similar highlights in the future where there’s a focus on a unique situation.”

“I just want to add that I'm very grateful to everyone who has made and continues to make submissions to the account. I’m simply administering the account and its success is made possible through a collective effort. By contrast, @attorney.memes is a lot more laborious since I produce the content myself. I’m able to run both accounts thanks to my followers who make submissions to @overheardcourthouse,” the creator concluded.

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Megan Curl
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2 weeks ago

How can you not love this one.

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

No more information required

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

Word

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According to Joanne Willey, the founder of Cook & Wiley: Court Reporters for the Virginia Legal Community, no matter how much experience one may have in this type of setting, at the end of the day, we are all simply human.

“Slips of the tongue can and do occur in the courtroom just as they do everywhere else. Sometimes the end result is embarrassing, silly, or just plain confusing, but no matter what, it sure is entertaining! Most of the examples below come from books and websites dedicated to funny statements recorded in courtrooms,” she argues.

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

back to the career advisor

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Megan Curl
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2 weeks ago

Better than in person!

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Lee Macro
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2 weeks ago

Sweet home Alabama!!

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Bellala
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2 weeks ago

I believe I can fly~

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HarriMissesScotland
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2 weeks ago

In a grocery store parking lot here in Florida, there is a sign that says, HEAT KILLS, with a picture of a dog. Unfortunately, a lot of babies and animals die in cars here.

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Bob Belcher
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

Hold on now with this one. Even banks and other financial institutions were prohibited from taking stimulus funds and applying them to pass due loans or charge offs. The law strictly prohibited garnishment of stimulus funds. Also, the funds were for this exact reason. F that heartless prosecutor.

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

shame, busy jailing all those days. can't fit it in

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Thoughts and prayers

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Got it. *Puts raincoat on*

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Catarina
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2 weeks ago

Or dog c**p🤷

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Mayo
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2 weeks ago

"Unfortunately", lmao.

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Catarina
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Also defendant:" Guess i won't tell you where i Parked the car ..."

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

He's not wrong, though

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Argle Bargle
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2 weeks ago

legit

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shae
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2 weeks ago

Romance begins in the most unusual places

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Ouch!!!

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Chancey
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2 weeks ago

Alrighty then!

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Frances M
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2 weeks ago

An honest lawyer, who’d have th’unk it?

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

That practice makes perfect?

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PCW10101
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2 weeks ago

I'm with the defendant on this one

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Chinmayee Kalghatgi
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2 weeks ago

Oh, who cannot drive under the sea?

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shae
Community Member
2 weeks ago

And if you call your wife to get your girlfriends truck, you might not be the only one in jail today

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Goddamn it Matt!

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

burn... I'll see myself out

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Catarina
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2 weeks ago

Guess the PD is also a translator

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Monday
Community Member
2 weeks ago (edited)

Hey anyone need their appendix taken out? I'm not a doctor but I've watched a few Grey's Anatomy episodes!

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Bob Belcher
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2 weeks ago

Probably part of the reason he's in court

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Yeh, heardsay

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Argle Bargle
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Party of one

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