You can read all about the "Judge Judy" set-up on the web, it is all explained in finite detail. Here is a short description.
Judge Judy is played by Judith Sheindlin a former 1965 Lawyer who in 1982 was appointed a Judge in the Manhattan small claims family court system. She retired in 1996. Currently she has no license to practice in law.
She was engaged by a Los Angeles TV company to play Judge Judy in their 1996 launch of the current Reality Courtroom Show series of the same name. The show became an instant hit.
Judith Sheindlin receives an annual salary exceeding $45 million dollars and her net accrued worth is about $95 million.
The show itself is a TV Reality series, it is NOT a real courtroom drama. It is a Hollywood adaptation of an Arbitration Court with legal backing. The program organisers, select the contestants from people who have filed small claims in the real Courts, but not yet had their cases heard. They are offered this TV arbitration option with all the freebie enticements, for which they then have to sign contracts like all other actors and have to accept the TV arbitration findings as binding.
There is no appeal against an arbitration decision and anybody can be an Arbitrator, no licence or qualifications are needed.
Nobody loses. The contestants get free travel to and from LA with all Hotel and other expenses paid. Nobody pays anything. Any claimant granted a financial payment is paid by the TV company up to a limit of $5,000. The loser pays nothing.
All it amounts to a big jolly holiday for the contestants in LA with all expenses paid. Everybody wins and smiles all round.
So, a great entertaining show - YES, but no more than a TV spoof series where dear 70 year old Judith makes an increasingly higher personal fortune with every show at $125,000 per episode, to place her at position 13 in the list of America's richest female actresses.
PS, Moderator - I apologise for the font size, it is a copy/paste job from my Email account and I do not know what has gone wrong. Could you kindly reduce the font size to suit your norm ?
Edited by Queen-Evie, 30 May 2013 - 05:24 PM.
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