are the judge show real or just actors?

i want to know if these judge shows are real cases or they just actors playing a part?

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  • 7 years ago
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    On shows like The People's Court the "judge" is the center of attention due in part to the absence of lawyers. While the absence of lawyers is not unusual in pro se courts, Divorce Court suggests pro se representation also is the norm in family court. Thus, viewers like Anthony Widgeon mistakenly think they know how the family court system works from watching Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown, the two most popular daytime court reality television programs on commercial television. Instead, when Mr. Widgeon appeared in circuit court on a domestic matter without legal representation, he quickly ended up in jail. He mistakenly thought he could delay his case by making a motion for a continuance.

    Real court, however, is not like Judge Judy. Daytime reality television court shows are real fake courts involving minor, even petty matters. Ads for some shows tout them as offering the viewers real judges, real disputes and real justice. What the promotions for these shows do not clearly disclose is that what we are seeing is a distorted form of arbitration portrayed as a real trial. In truth, television syndicators hire the "judges" most, but not all, of whom are former real-life judges, seeks out and pays litigants to present their case before television cameras in courtroom settings constructed by producers.

    The People's Court is a television court show in which small claims court cases are heard, though what is shown is actually a binding arbitration

    Arbitration, a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is a legal technique for the resolution of disputes OUTSIDE the courts, wherein the parties to a dispute refer it to one or more persons (the "arbitrators", "arbiters" or "arbitral tribunal"), by whose decision (the "award") they agree to be bound.

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