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The show is fake and not honest! I was contacted by Sarah (Judy's legal assistant Sarah but learned later Sarah is an producer). Sarah indicated to me that my local court submitted my case over to Judy for arbitration (I learned later false information). I did have little signs prior to appearing on the show but I ignored the signs because I believed that the show was real. For example 2 days before travel I told Sarah that I was contacting my local court to speak with. Sarah stated "whatever you do never mention Judy's name." I questioned her why when they sent the case to Judy. Sarah states, some people in the court will try to stop Judy cases because they want the case to be heard at the court to claim the case. She indicated especially an district attorney because he has to win so many cases. Ok I fell for it!
I go on to appear on the show. I get a call from Sarah saying she has bad news. My brother arrived with the defendant as her witness. Come to find out Sarah flew my out brother because the defendant was scared to fly. Agreed to cover his travel/hotel expenses to get the defendant on the show. My brother was upset because it was agreed to that he would not be involved in the matter or be apart of the show. Sarah told him to enjoy a free vacation. Which when the show aired it looks as if he was the defendant witness.
I arrive at this green warehouse... yes a warehouse not a courthouse as I was told. The cab driver say, "Ok ladies you have reached your destination." I'm asking the driver where is the courthouse. He responds no courthouse and points to a sign smaller than a stop sign that read Judge Judy. A sign that anyone not familiar with the spot and looking for, would definitely miss. I go inside was placed in a old mildew smelling room, old furniture, there was a flatscreen tv but no remote. Tried to charge my phone unfortunately the sockets did not work.
People starts running in and out. One man say to me your producer Sarah will be with you shortly. Alert in my head... Producer? Sarah presented herself as Judy legal assistant. A guy comes in with W2 forms. I questioned him why do I have to fill out W2 forms. He replies Judy is paying you to appear on the show. But I thought the pay was Judy's way of thanking me for appearing (another one of Sarah lies).
I refused to fill out W2. Another guy comes in to explain the W2. Finally Sarah the legal assistant oh let me correct Sarah the producer arrive with scripts for me. Paperwork that I brought she stated I will not need. And give me scripts telling me what and what not to say. Claimed if you say this Judy will not believe you. Judy will dig and Judy does not allow a lot of time for this or that. Sarah up the amount I was suing for. Documents I had to prove my case she said I did not need, which I knew I did. Why wouldn't I need court documentation that proved my case.
Gave me a stack of papers to walk out with. Told me to keep the script on top just in case I need to glance over it. Then she takes us to the staged courthouse inside the warehouse. Ok first thing came to mind is a live Tyler Perry show. There was the state seal present. Places a microphone inside my shirt. Told me not to lean down to speak in the microphone on the platform in front of me. The microphone was not real and does not work (basically it's a prop). What really got me is a lady instructing the audience on what to do. Had different signs holding up. One read clap, another read laugh, another ooooo. Told the audience to do whatever was on the sign when it was held up.
My brother was sitting in the audience, until a lady moved him to a seat sitting behind the defendant (another setup by Judy and staff). My brother was upset afterwards because right before taping begin a lady approached him applying makeup on him. So he was questioning if he was on camera and never received clarification. He also stated the lady who moved him stated he could not seat in the audience because those people are paid. He was very upset and told me and the defendant these people are playing you two against one another. He stated that Sarah had the defendant to file the counterclaim against my claim. Which I kind of figured there was something fishy going on. Sarah called and told me the defendant filed a counterclaim 1 day prior to us appearing on the show. Which is the reason I was going to my courthouse but I let Sarah talk me out of that.
The taping starts. Judy comes in with her own case about a Facebook post in 2016. I made several attempts to tell her that is not my lawsuit. Judy refused to hear me out. Talked all over me. Stated she did not want to hear it. Me thinking, why am I here Judy talking about something that has nothing to do with reimbursement for attorney's fees which is my lawsuit filed and what her show contacted me about. Judy did all the talking. Came out talking about 2 ladies with too much time on their hand for Facebook. Judy is fake. Make her own cases on you. Have you thinking her ruling is final but IT IS NOT.
The final interview of me exposing her show was edited out when aired. I requested to speak with Sarah, I was told I could not speak with Sarah. Copies of all documents I signed was never given to me at the end of the taping as I was told. I have emailed numerous times and no one will respond. But emailed daily and called daily lying to get me on the show.
So here is the kicker after exposing Judy at the final interview of the taping. I stated out loud I was contacting the courthouse. Judy did not hear what I filed the lawsuit for which was attorney fees reimbursement. Oh my! The staff came in on me from every direction asking to speak with me in private. Christi (over transportation) asked me to give them time to review the tape and talk to Judy. Someone stated maybe she had the case mixed up with another. But guess who appears after I was told I could not speak with her... SARAH! I completely tuned Sarah and the other staffs out at this point thinking Judy had messed my lawsuit up. I proceeded to call my local courthouse.
I spoke with a lady at the clerks of court first. To find out the court never referred my case to Judy. The court does not submit any cases to Judy. Then I asked about the continued court date Sarah gave me. Sarah informed me that Judy will send paperwork showing the court the matter was resolved and neither party has to appear on the continued date. Clerk of court tells me, "Ms. we do not work with Judy. Your case was dismissed because neither party appeared on the court date. There is no continued court date for you." Now my mouth is literally dropped to the floor. The clerk of court finally transferred the call to her supervisor.
The supervisor stated the same facts. The court never turned my case to Judy. The case was dismissed because of no show. I'm explaining to her I am at Judy show and she dismissed my case based on something that had nothing to do with attorney fees reimbursement which is my lawsuit. The lady indicates again, "Ms. we did not send your case to Judy but you can refile because it was dismissed for no show." Finally the supervisor puts me on hold to speak with the magistrate that dismissed the case. When she returned she stated the call is being transferred call to the magistrate. Again I explain everything to the magistrate. He stops me and states Ms we do not refer cases to Judy. I ask, "Well how did she receive my case?"
The magistrate explains Judy and these other shows like her are reality tv arbitrators. The shows have researchers teams that search for court cases (case are public records). If they feel the case is good they contact you to appear. He indicates to me, "You are not the first this has happened to, something needs to be done to stop this. The court system does not work with any of those reality court tv shows or do we honor anything." Me in shock and disbelief I ask about the continued date. The magistrate state to me he never received paperwork from Judy requesting a continuous date. Had he received the paperwork for requesting a continuous date, it would have been denied. He does not work with Judy and does not honor anything from her.
He tells me again, once I return back home refile my lawsuit because he dismissed it on a no show call. I asked the magistrate again, even if Judy is sending paperwork saying she dismissed the case. The magistrate responded, "Ms. I can assure Judy is not sending any paperwork to the court and if she does it will not be honored. Refile when you return home, I will be looking for your claim and I will be the magistrate hearing the case." As of today Judy has not sent any paperwork but my case is back on the court calendar and hearing date is next month!
Thank God I did not listen to Judy & staff saying final ruling that I can't pursue. I'm sure a lot of people has believed Judy and missed out on their case. Judy & staff are misleading and liars. GOOGLE Judy reviews and I also found out the show is not accredited with consumer reports. One person filed a lawsuit against Judy after the appearance on the show and won. Judy is getting paid 47 million a year from people watching a fake show thinking it's real cases. Sorry to say it is fake and so is Judy & staff! I no longer watch any of the reality court TV. Judy and her staff are scammers & liars!
I've been a fan of Judge Judy for over 20 years! She's always been my most favorite show, and I think I've seen about 99% of all of her shows (only because I was giving birth that I missed a few). I've always considered Judy to be a very reasonable, and especially moral and ethical judge who collects all evidence and facts, and she always follows "the law" in my mind. HOWEVER, for the past few years, she has turned into a this very narcissistic, **, who OBVIOUSLY already made up her mind what her verdict will be WAY before the court case ever begins. It's so different than it used to be. She SEVERELY NEGLECTS gathering ALL of the Evidence that the Litigants have to offer.
I believe that Judy's older ratings (10 years ago) just went to her head, and now she's just out there to fly by her pants to get more money from the networks (she really doesn't care if she is fair or not, just wanting to show up and "give a crotchety show" for RATINGS!) This all really bums me out, because I had always loved and respected her opinions. But now, it's just a crock-O-chit, fake reality show. Sorry Judy, but I haven't been convinced of 90% of your latest verdicts; I think you have been UNFAIR as a Judge, and NO WAY ON EARTH would I ever recommend anybody to go on your show... Plaintiff or Defendant... because you are just NOT FAIR any longer. You need to RETIRE NOW! Before you screw things up The Hot Bench (which you produce).
I sincerely believe that you would agree with my observations and recommendations, Judy, because you know how you used to be so good, so equal to both sides, so receiving ALL evidence, and SO much better in "weighing the facts." It's just time, Judy, to break things off with Bird. Sorry, but he would probably agree (seeing his recent facial expressions). Just say Nigh Nigh, be on your way, take a long vacation, and just kick back and continue to receive your royalties. Wouldn't that be nice? I'll always love you, Judy. And I'd love to join you and kick back with a nice Cabernet some time.
I used to watch Judge Judy every day. I never missed it and everyone that knew me knew not to bother me during her show. I always thought she ruled correctly and was tough on the bad guy. Lately, I can hardly stand to watch the show. She never looks at any evidence, never makes a decision on the case because she is always throws out the case. If one of these cases were mine, I would be very upset. I realize the show pays for your transportation and hotel, but that would not matter to me. If I had a legitimate case, and I felt I was innocent, I would not be happy to have my case dismissed without ANY verdict. She is very mean with persons on both sides, she insinuates that people are stupid and beneath her. She is always rude and acts like she is inconvenienced. I'm really tired of seeing her act like this. I think she should be told to act civil or lose her position. NBC would never do that though-too much money to lose or ratings to lose.
Maybe too many years on the bench has done this to her. She has lost her human side. It is time to shape up or ship out. It really bothers me to see her behavior lately. She sometimes does not even give the person a chance to tell their side of the story before her decision is made. All the preparation and flying there just to be thrown out within minutes! I sure hope NBC re-evaluates her behavior and has a talk with her. NO ONE is indispensable-including her!
Judge Judy is arrogant, egotistical, doesn't follow the law, needlessly mean. It's a sad day in this world when the meaner you are, the better paid you are. I would be embarrassed to be one of her kids. Now if you want to watch a good judge show, watch Judge Marilyn Milian of People's Court. She's no nonsense, while treating people with respect. And she is actually funny, unlike Judy, who only thinks she is.
Don't you think it's about time we put old Judge Judy out to pasture for her own good. It was a great run! I used to really enjoy watching the show but lately she has become somewhat ridiculous with her narrow mindedness. She acts like she knows everything but I assure you she does not! She always says "put your listening ears on", well she needs to practice what she preaches. She immediately almost always picks her favorite litigant and then after that occurs spends the rest of the session belittling, bullying and insulting the other party. Recently I watched a case where a women was suing for damages to her side mirror caused by a little girl running right into it at a school. Judge Judy acted as if she knew exactly what had happened (even though she was not there) but indeed she did not know! I substituted in Indian River County, Florida at numerous (more than six) elementary schools.
Judge Judy after asking the plaintiff how many students were in the school and being told "around 500" then say kept saying and I'm paraphrasing - you have to be extra careful when driving around 500 students running out of school. First of all the schools don't dismiss all the students at once, they dismiss K/G and 1st then 2nd and 3rd then 4th and 5th. Students break up into several groups ie: car riders, bus riders, walkers, after school programs etc. The students with teacher supervision are escorted by grade to benches both for car riders and bus riders. Once on the benches there are multiple teachers supervising for behaviors and proper transportation pick up. The teachers proceed to call the students by name to the pick up area when their ride arrives. Again you don't have 500 students running amuck outside of school!
Which brings me to the little girl who disobeyed rules and procedures (and should be punished) and ran out into the road on her own (not in the pick up area) into the side view mirror of the plaintiff. Furthermore Judge Judy chastised the plaintiff for not driving carefully enough in proximity of a school, REALLY are you serious? That's just ludicrous thinking. The plaintiff appeared to be a responsible driver. She even had her own two young students whom she was picking up. Judge Judy boosts and brags about how smart she is suppose to be but yet she constantly contradicts her own assumptions and previous rulings. She may know the law when she is not to busy being blinded by her litigant favoritism. Once she locks in on "loving" one of the parties it's impossible for the other party to win regardless of evidence.
The plaintiff in question in this case even brought an unbiased crossing guard to court that witnessed the incident and she just flat out didn't listen to him (blew him off) because her fading mind was set on ruling in favor of the defendant. Then Judge Judy took another one her cheap shots asking the plaintiff how would she had felt if she killed the little girl? That was just wrong and inappropriate. The plaintiff was in no means driving recklessly. Just possibly Judge Judy may still retain some semblance of law but she certainly must have NEVER passed any Physics class! The plaintiff had ABSOLUTELY no chance to avoid that little girl from running INTO her car from the side. It didn't matter if she was going 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 MPH etc... If the little girl (which she did) darted out and ran into the SIDE of her car it's all on the parent of the little girl to assume responsibility.
It is literally impossible for any driver (even Judge Judy) to avoid that type of collision, again speed is not the factor here. Maybe if you could put your car into a time warp or another dimension you might be able to avoid the collision or better yet see if you can bring Rod Serling back from the dead and send you and your car to the Twilight Zone!!! Worse yet is the AUDACITY of that defendant to try to countersue--unbelievable!!! She should worry more about teaching her little angel to follow the rules, unfortunately the next time the little angel darts out into a road it might be a semi at 60 MPH heading her way! Parents "teach your children well". Thank You for letting me rant.
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I have never been on the show but I do watch quite often. I used to think Judy was a shrewd and fair Judge. Over time my opinion of her has changed drastically. She comes across as prejudice against two or three distinct social classes. 1. Poor People 2. People of ** especially ** and Hispanics 3. Education Level. She judged people based of their income race and educational level. If it does not meet her standards she talks down to and degrades these people. She is also mean spirited and I actually think she her age is causing her exhibit poor behavior added to her bias mentality. She does not fail to highlight how superior her economic and educational status toward those she considers socially bankrupt. This type of behavior speaks to her lack of humility, compassion and integrity exposing her as a seriously flawed individual.
I like Judge Judy. I like a woman with balls. I feel like her and I could be friends but I would never want to be judged by her. My complaint is with the two horrible women criminal prosecutors on Hot Bench. I want my cation Downey court then transferred to Hot Bench when they called and asked me to come. I lost my case to the 2 women who immediately didn't like me and my beautiful witness get my drift? My case was slam dunk and because of all personal things like calling me a stupid Italian and calling me names in Italian which maybe they don't think people understand but we understand how prejudiced, bias, unprofessional, unjudicial, what absolute ** these women are! And if that's what they're going after well they've got it.
No one should go on this show. It's totally personal and has nothing to do with the law and only has to do with how hot these 2 women think... they are. With their fake smiles and horrible attitudes. God help us if this what our judicial system would be like with these 2 women. The man was intelligent and on my side but he had no chance against those vampires. This show should be taken off the air... And by the way ladies you're not hot.
I am sick of Judge Judy running pit bulls down. I have owned several breeds of dogs in my 51 years of life. The only dogs I've had that have bitten anyone was a Chihuahua and a Pomeranian. My pitbull is 7 years old and a gentle giant. It's misleading information by an old woman like this that give a wonderful breed of dog a bad name.
If you are contacted by the show, make sure you do your research before going on. I did not and had only watched it a couple of times over the years. I was very naive and ignorant on how it’s run. My wrong belief was that it would be based on evidence and the truth. It is not. I thought it would be an easy way to settle my case. It would have been a slam-dunk case in a real court. My belief is she and the powers to be already knew what they wanted as an outcome and only for TV ratings. Boy was I naive. It didn’t matter about the free trip.
I use to live in California, and it was not an incentive to return. It was only to speed up the process for my case and rectify the problem I had and still do. When I realized which way it was going, I knew enough to keep my mouth closed as I realized it was already a done deal. Think about it if they contact you. It’s much better to go through the real courts. What do I have? My legal issue is not solved. And most importantly, it confirms that people do not do the right thing. It is purely a TV show and is not a real ethical part of any court system. Have an attorney read over everything you sign. He or she will advise you of the pitfalls.
I went on Judge Judy because my friend's dog attacked my dog in her house and we had to have her eye removed adding to 4,000 in vet bills. I didn't want to go because I knew she was going to ridicule me on national TV but I knew I had to do it because of my dog. I had written statements from the defendant saying she will take full responsibility and by LAW the defendant is LIABLE. She didn't even let me show my evidence, she didn't talk to me or hear my side. The defendant said one thing and she called the case dismissed. The producers had assured me I would win since I had 100% of the evidence and the defendant had 0%. I left traumatized, they cost me $4,000, and my one year old puppy would never get justice from what that women did to her.
I was a litigant on her show and on National TV, she did not even read the police report before making her ruling which spoke to the facts. Instead she inserted her own presumptions and heresy, something that is not legal in any court of law. Hollywood and $47 million a year have allowed her to be an actor, not a true judge. Any real Judge would have insisted on the Police Report before rendering a decision.
I worked in law for many years, and she gives an entirely false representation of the legal system. She thinks she is an expert in every area, and she makes her mind up without looking at evidence. Yelling and degrading someone does not make you "correct". She does not reflect any true conception of the court system, and if these cases were heard in court, they would have an entirely different outcome. She is so disgraceful. All it takes is 5 seconds of seeing the show while flipping through the channels to be disgusted.
I watched an episode on Fox 19, 1-5-18. The 6 to 6:30 showing. It was appalling how Judge Judy talks as if she knows everything about social security, Section 8 and whatever. She thinks that because a person gets disability, they cannot work. She is dead wrong and she needs to get the facts before she speaks. Social Security encourages people to work; yes they must report that income, and when they do, what they get from Social Security may be reduced, or depending on how much they. Everybody's not out to cheat and it is not her call unless she has all the facts. I highly doubt she does. I get so sick and tired of her speaking as if God gave her the voice on everything, which is absolutely not true. Not to mention, as a judge, she is teaching people to be rude, nasty, and disrespectful.
Please hear the case; but oh, that would mean listening to the presented information. Also, the 5:30 show, the young man's jaw broken because they jumped him, drunk or not, they should not have gotten away with that. I don't know why people go on her show. She really doesn't listen because she thinks she knows the case before you speak. Why bother.
The Judge Judy show allowed my wife and I to get justice for our dog, who had been attacked by another dog, two blocks from our house. The defendant had refused to pay the vet bills, even after trying to contact him numerous times over a one year period. Judge Judy saw the evidence we presented, and asked pertinent and succinct questions to the defendant and us. She saw through his lies and awarded us money for the vet bills and punitive damages. Finally, she threw out his countersuit, because she saw it was a sham. The producers, and all the crew, treated us with dignity and respect, the whole time we were there. If you’re looking for justice, Judge Judy will help you get it, if you have the proper evidence.
I was initially approached by Kessley **, Associate Producer, of the show. From the beginning, she was very professional and understanding of my case. It took me some time to acquire all of my needed documents & still, Kessley was very patient with me. Later, I spoke with Christy ** and she too was a wonderful woman to work with. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to have both ladies by my side throughout the entire process. They prepared me for both worst case & best case scenarios in front of the judge. They did their best to make sure I was completely ready to present my case to Judge Judy. I'm not sure if I'm biased because I won my case but I will say that Judge Judy saw right through the defendant's poor decisions & lack of willingness to take responsibility and sided in my favor. To me, Judge Judy was the best & only option I had to have my case resolved.
I recently was on Judge Judy. What a joke it was. Yes she pays for your ticket and hotel. Besides her rude attitude she doesn’t let you explain your case and present your whole case! Half of my case was not presented therefore I’m out money and super frustrated with how the show was ran! Don’t do it!
Earlier this year I took an ex-girlfriend onto the show to try to sue her for having me falsely imprisoned which in Arkansas is called a bad arrest. One of the first things out of The Producers mouths to both of us when they found out we were coming from Arkansas was, “Do you have all your teeth.” Haha very funny but so be it. The Producers had told me that they needed some monetary stuff to go along with the bad arrest to spice things up a little. Well I painted the defendant’s truck and they said, “Well what would you charge if you were to charge her for it” and I said, “$750.” So they said, “Well we'll just say let's put down that that she owes you $750 for the paint job on her vehicle Plus the bad arrest part.” Well when it was all said and done the judge called us both liars. In the long run I never even brought up the bad arrest and dismissed both cases mine and her countersuit.
So I've been called a liar on national TV because the producers told me to write in that dollar amount when I knew it didn't happened and it was wrong. So needless to say I couldn't even bring her back home to sue her due the waivers that I signed and agreed to. So now there was four days of jail I had to spend in it. 2 Man cell with 3 people with one of the men who shot his dad in the head on Christmas. So all-in-all I'm out of potential $5,000 for the ruling. 4 days of my life with a convicted Capital One murderer and two days of Court proceedings before my charges here were dismissed due to the bad arrest. My disappointment was the whole reason I went there was for legitimate causes but the producers asked me to lie and I listened knowing it was against my better judgment so I guess I just shot myself in the foot but I wish my cellmate would have come across her that Christmas day instead.
Two years ago I was severely injured by a motorist while on my bike. The motorist threw me into a car as he was mad at bicyclists for riding in bike lanes... a real crazy man! I tried bringing him to justice via personal injury litigation and nothing worked. As the 'statute' was expiring, I filed my own small claims action against this man to recover my medical expenses, as every law firm said this was NOT a winnable case, or too expensive for them to take on. Judge Judy's staff heard about my case, and even though I thought her court manners, opinions and decisions were a little rough, I knew she could see through this man's arrogance and she ALWAYS can detect a liar and a scoundrel, and she has NO tolerance for any injustice, as long as you can prove it.
I went on the show and sure enough-- after eight law firms in Los Angeles told me I would not only NEVER get this guy into court and win, I won my judgment against this road rage motorist and Judge Judy was the only one that was able to do ANYTHING about this psycho. Not only was I able to pay off my medical bills, but also able to expose this driver who hates bicyclists on TV so that if he is out there doing this again-- and I am sure he is, then this 'conviction' will help the next person that needs to bring him to justice for his transgressions much easier.
Judge Judy is the GREATEST and although some of us would not run a courtroom the way that she does, all I can say-- in my case, was she was the ONLY one in the legal community that not only believed in me & got to the 'truth', but also the ONLY one that had the courage and intelligence to do something that helped someone who had been totally shunned by the legal system. She deserves every penny she works for and I hope she lives to be 100 and continues to right the wrongs of the world for as long as she can.
I never went to see show but watched. Boy she not very smart. Is a mean hearted person. She sometimes dismiss a case without reading it and calls everyone stupid and uglier than she is. Think she thinks knows everything. ** you Judge Judy. You need to retire old ding bat. You think something does make sense. It's a lie. Usually it's a lie however truth does make sense but very rarely.
I have several times watched Judy blame the buyer of an older car in regard to the laws governing smog testing for the state of California. If a car is older than four years, it is mandatory that the seller must give the buyer a "PASS" smog test that is no older than 90 days. Please tell Judy that she looks ignorant on the show and that her staff should always know the law and tell her before a broadcast. A regular gas powered auto is exempt if it is 1975 or older.
I really enjoyed my experience throughout my trial process. The producers were very informative and helpful. And were open whenever I had a question. The process went smoothly, the show was fair to both sides and I believe gave a fair chance to both the Plaintiff and the defendant. Everything that was talked about in the first encounter I received. Everything was straightforward. Before the show was going to be filmed, the producers met with me to go over the evidence I had and went over my talking points. I really enjoyed my experience and I was glad on how fast I got my compensation back.
I used to watch Judge Judy years ago and always thought she was hard but fair. Today I turned on the TV and she was on, so settled down to watch. To say I'm shocked is an understatement! She came across as an abusive, belligerent bully! She wouldn't let anyone explain anything or get a word in edgewise. She thought the plaintiffs were upset over nothing and called them 'sickos', even though she ruled in their favor. She said the plaintiff was a sicko, the husband was a sicko and he was married to a sicko! It was disgusting beyond belief! Does she know the definition of 'sick'? I will never, ever watch this show again, and I hope it's taken off the air soon, as years of telling people what to do seems to have gone to her head.
We were Plaintiffs on Judge Judy and I felt the staff namely Sarah and Kristen were very reassuring to us and helpful during our appearance regarding our claim. Our tenant stole all of our furniture and totally demolished our beautiful Condo in Carlsbad, California. Judge Judy was fair and gave us the maximum award even though we have to spend a lot more than $5000.00 to redo the Condo. At least it will help to replace some of the furniture.
I was on the Judge Judy Show in 2003. She took everything I owned and gave it away. I hope she is happy. I recently lost my youngest son Aaron who was with me on the show. When she took my stuff, all of my kids' school stuff baby clothes etc. I have nothing of Aaron's to look at. Crazy old woman. Hope she is happy.
I've been a fan of Judge Judy since she first aired. My family knows not to bother me for the hour her show is on, I never dreamed I would ever be on her show! In 64 years I've never had a problem that needed to be handled in a Courtroom, until a rotten tree fell on my fence and smashed my daughter's rabbit hutch. Pretty simple, right? Should have been! My neighbor felt he had NO Responsibility for the damage! Luckily my daughter's rabbits were in dog cages, so she could clean the hutch, so they weren't hurt. I talked to my neighbor in person, so did my 36 year old son. The neighbor was very arrogant about the whole thing. I sent a certified letter requesting payment for the repairs and tree removal, along with the estimates. I was only asking for $600.00. Months later I filed for small claims, I felt I had no choice. Fences usually make for good neighbors, but not in this case. The Judge Judy Show called and requested we settle it on the show.
After a lot of thought, I agreed, but didn't think my neighbor would appear on the show. Surprise, He agreed! The producers for Judge Judy, (Sara & Kristen) held my hand through the whole process, told me how it worked and explained I would receive my money if I won my case. They set up EVERYTHING for me. My witness was my son, so he was my travel companion. We could have stayed in Hollywood an extra day at no expense to us, but due to my son's work we just couldn't so our trip was rushed. We ran into a few hiccups on the trip, but nothing major. Either Sara or Kristen was on my phone anytime I had a question or problem. Like I said they held my hand through everything, they were wonderful!!! I feel the motel was extravagant, a lot nicer than needed, but we enjoyed it for 1 night, (they offered 2) and I'm sure my neighbor enjoyed his vacation on someone else's money!
At the Studio we were greeted by security. Security at Judge Judy is much more than any airport! They were very respectful and sweet to us. They rushed us through because my neighbor's cab pulled up, and they never allowed our paths to cross until we were on set. Now we start meeting ALL the people that make Judy Judy's show so great. I'm not good with names, but the man that put our mic's on, came in and made me feel right at home, like an old friend. He got my nerves calmed down joking with me. He was amazing! Then an Attorney, Notary, and others were in and out of the room all very competent and respectful.
Sara & Kristen never left our side. Yes, they looked at all your evidence and tell you what will be best, I had a lot of pictures and because it's a production you don't need to show everything, just the best ones. They do write your statement before your trip, but they bring it to you and ask you to read over it, that is when you can CORRECT it if you don't agree with something they wrote, then you sign it, mine was what I had told them. Yes they inform you it is a SHOW, they deal with Judy every day, they don't want you to waste your time or theirs. They are professionals, they are educated and deal with all sorts of people and personalities.
In my opinion they were helping me, because I was nervous. No tricks, no games, just real people! I took my own make-up, but was thrilled they sent me to Make-up! I might have put my lipstick on my ear, from nerves! Face it, there are some people that just don't know how to put on make-up, so they are really doing it as a favor so you don't look foolish! Then to the set, at 64 I am still learning, I was amazed at how it is all done. When I saw Byrd I was surprised, he is a really big man. I would hate to get on his bad side, but he was a big Teddy-Bear! Very nice man and handsome. When Judge Judy walked out, I nearly fainted, she is such a tiny, beautiful woman, but carries herself with dignity and commands respect! She deserves it, it can't be easy to be fair and put up with some of the nut jobs she has to deal with daily!
Yes, I won my case! Thanks to my neighbor being so arrogant Judy pegged him off the bat, he started off lying and she called him on it quick! Do I have any regrets? Yea, I wanted to show all the evidence I had brought and tell all of my side, but the neighbor talked himself into a hole, so I didn't need to show or say anything!!! Would I ever do it again? Yes! My neighbor will never take care of his property, and there are more rotten trees leaning toward my property, one is aiming at my large shed, so yes I would go back to the show. It would be fun the next time because now I know how it works.
Anyone that say's it's fake or set up is crazy! The people that make that show #1 work really hard, and have to deal with strangers, some good and some just nuts! Even if I had lost my case, I would still feel the same! Judge Judy and Hot Bench are my favorite shows, because you NEVER know what the ruling will be and EVERY case is different! Thanks a million to Judge Judy and her WONDERFUL Staff! Thanks for the experience. You are all #1 and hope the show airs forever. My daughter was pleased to get her rabbit hutch replaced and sends her love to all that made it possible!
This is what I posted to her but you don't care about those of us that have lost or are fighting for our children. SHAME ON YOU!!! I don't typically watch this show – can say I don't think I had ever watched the show... but it was on and it wasn't about the election so I left the background noise going... but I need to ask what does someone on psychotropic medications look like?? And are they all dumb enough to move their T.V. twice... Shame on you – you have sat on the bench for how many years. You obviously have not educated yourself about brain disease and people taking psychotropic medications... On behalf of myself and other parents who have lost children because of brain disease you should apologize. Shame on you.
Your horrible comments are why there is such a stigma to people who suffer from this disease. Please educate yourself on what someone taking psychotropic medications look like... WOW. Just wow... and we wonder why the world is like it is today. You Judy are part of the problem not the solution... way to make a joke out of an illness that helped lead to my son’s death.
My experience on the Judge Judy show was delightful. Luci ** & Marisa ** who guided me through the process step by step were complete service professionals. I felt welcomed and totally comfortable under their supervision. From the first phone call conversation to the day of the filming they were hands on concern that we were comfortable and at ease. It was exciting and fun for me and my son. We had a memorable and wonderful time. The hotel and accommodations were wonderful. They were easy to talk to. Very helpful to make us feel comfortable and welcomed. I'll never forget the time there and thank Luci & Marisa for their professional manner and attention. They are lovely beautiful ladies and have nothing, but our thanks and gratitude for making our visit amazing and thanks to all the staff. It was wonderful and great to meet Judge Judy and be on the show. 5 stars all the way.
I have loved Judge Judy since it aired. My daughter has always been a huge fan of the show. She and her ex-husband went on the show a couple months ago. They were each permitted one witness. I went with my daughter hoping not to have to testify. God was good. I just sat on the side and didn't have to say anything. We tried talking them out of going but they just had to do it. So I took the plunge for the chance to see Judge Judy live and an all expenses paid trip to Hollywood.
My daughter's case was dismissed, just as we figured it would be, and she now hates the show. She went in like many do... Thinking she'd walk away with money and get to see Hollywood. And that's why people are upset over it. They're going in thinking of court and expecting cash. If you're not a litigant though, you go in to be entertained.
Of course you're going to be told things to say. They even take you through makeup. It's television. Yes she was a judge at one time. Yes she is harsh or maybe narcissistic. That's Hollywood. She's doing what makes the show such a long-running hit. She's doing just what the litigants are told to do... Saying things that keeps the show entertaining. Once my daughter got over her mad, we had a good day out on a sightseeing tour with cash in hand for our meals, a prepaid taxi, a nice free hotel room and the return tickets for the free round trip flight. And she got her appearance fee. Not to mention the free breakfast in our private room at the studio.
The experience one has on the show is directly related to the ideas they went in with. I'm sure the all-expenses paid trip to Hollywood and small appearance fee plays a huge part in one's decision to hold their case on Judge Judy rather than their local court. Why do people make the choice to go on the show, knowing its reputation, then get angry over the outcome? I can't understand that any more than I understand people who voluntarily go on Jerry Springer. At least Judge Judy is cleaner. Maybe it's the alluring glamor of Hollywood overriding common sense. That taste of the limelight.
When people complain, they're complaining about the wrong business. They're complaining about a judge when the business they dealt with was a television show. The studio sign sums it up: HOT Bench. You can't have hot without a fire. Judge Judy's the fire, and the people eat it up so much it's run for 20 years. How many shows can make that claim? Perhaps we should question why the public prefers to watch people voluntarily air their dirty laundry rather than less controversial television. It says more about the state of the human race I guess. So considering the fact that it's a television show and has been popular enough to last 20 years, I'd have to give it 5 stars. Cause as a business, they've done an excellent job at such a long running show.
I would like everyone to know, "The Judge Judy Show is GREAT!" If you would like someone to answer for their error, this is where to get it done. My son and I took part in a recent recording of the show and justice was served. The reason we took part in the show was due to an incident in which my son was bitten by a dog on his way home from school, which is less than two blocks away.
The worst part of this incident was the dog owner's failure to respond! Their failure was even more insulting due to the fact that they live less than half a block away. This dog owner's failure to address their error is what angered the wife and I, which brought about our actions. We ran our own investigation and successfully discovered the "assailant" and her owner.
Once the dog owner was addressed they failed to accept our request regarding reimbursement of the funds spent for my son's safety. They did not consider anything regarding the incident. Things such as Dr Visits, Rabies shots, and emotional stress.... my ears are still ringing from my wife's screams of fear. Well, the rest of the story will be shared on The Judge Judy Show soon.... just keep watching! PS... Thank you Sarah for allowing the opportunity to take part on this show.
DO NOT go on this show if you are the Plaintiff and you are in the right. If you have a good case then pursue the real court system, not this circus. I had a case that any fool could see I should have won. I lost for a few reasons: The producers write your statement, and they put in sentences that will sabotage your case. They refuse to send you your statement ahead of time, they will only read it to you over the phone (I assume they don't give it to you in writing because then you would have evidence that they wrote/tampered with your original claim). Judy WILL use this statement as greater evidence than any documents, agreements, texts, or any other evidence you bring.
The producers are interested in two things: 1: Good TV and 2: Not having to pay anything for it. It's not in their interest to pay out claims so they will put in phrases that THEY KNOW Judy will rule against so that they get good tv, make you look dumb and confused, and don't have to pay you any of their claims budget.
If you do foolishly decide to go on the Judge Judy show then make sure that your statement is airtight - nothing false, nothing juicy. The producer will complain and say "Well this is a tv show, the case isn't interesting if we don't talk about XYZ." My mistake was letting them put in "juicy" details about the case that weren't all that true but I figured oh well, they're just trying to make good tv. Judy seized on one particular sentence and used it to decide against me before the case even started, despite the mountain of evidence I came prepared with.
Unfortunately if you fight them on the statement beforehand, they may insist on changing it anyway due to the "We need to make an interesting tv show" reason and subtly or blatantly threaten you with charging you for your airfare/hotel room if you refuse to sign their statement. My advice in this case is to not go on the show in the first place, but if you must then make sure you *record* your conversation with the producer on the phone when they read you your final statement to make sure they don't change it on you. They will not provide you with any copies so you have no choice but to be sneaky about it.
Judy is not a judge, she's just playing one on tv. She used to be a judge 30 years or so ago, now she is an arbitrator who chooses to wear a funny looking black robe. The agreement you sign specifically says she "is not bound to California or any other law, and can use her own judgment and common sense to make her decision." Think about that for a long while - your evidence does not matter. Your legal agreements do not matter. The facts don't matter. The reason you think you are right does not matter, even if it's unbelievably obvious to any person with two brain cells. Judy can do whatever she wants. She's not bound to any laws, and there is no appeals process once you go there. You're stuck with her ridiculous verdict.
Judy is a narcissist. This is obvious to anyone who watches the show but the reason why it affects you is that she will not listen to reason if it conflicts with her sense of self-righteous infallibility. In my case, she misunderstood something from the statement. She confused some of the dates (understandable, because the producers' jazzed up statement was poorly written) and from her logic I wasn't owed money because an agreement ended at a certain time. However I explained the date she used was wrong, it was actually several months later and had the documents to prove it. She stuck with her original decision for no reason other than she had made up her mind already. To admit a mistake, despite overwhelming evidence, would have hurt her air of judgely authority so rather than follow the law or fairness, she sided with her narcissism.
Judy is old and possibly losing some of her mental capacity. The producers told me on several occasions that Judy is old and losing her hearing so I would have to speak very loudly. Personally I believe her eyes and memory are going as well: I submitted a document to her and she started her "I don't believe this is real!" routine and said it was because there was no company name on it. I didn't have it in my hand but from memory I pointed out where I thought the company name was printed and she looked at it again, likely saw her mistake, then just glared at me and put the paper aside and moved onto the next thing. Rather than say "Oh ok, maybe this is real" she chose to continue in her ignorance rather than look wrong, at my expense. This problem worked in tandem with the previous point - her old eyes betrayed her and her narcissism caused her to double down on her initial bad decision.
Later she was going over damages I was owed. She called out some numbers that matched my invoices to someone working there. I assumed she was making a tally of how much damages were owed to me. It was quiet for a few minutes as she went through different documents. Then out of nowhere she stands up and said "Your case is dismissed." What about all those damages you were just tallying? I was in such shock and confusion that I didn't have time to ask as she left. The producers weren't even sure if I won or lost the case based on her conflicting statements. This of course was edited out of the show when it aired.
The producers also lied and said they would send a letter when the show would air. They didn't; I found out from family members who happened to be watching that day. The producers' jobs are to pretend to be on your side and convince you that you will win your case. They are liars - that is their job. To take your real life case and turn it into a sensationalized version that ideally pays you zero and makes a good tv episode.
DO NOT GO ON. You may think you can outsmart them. I thought my case was foolproof. Your interests are not their interests. They are not interested in the law or fairness. If you are the defendant then you might as well go on because they will pay your bill if you lose in exchange for a little berating by Judy. But if you are a plaintiff and if you are right at all, do not go on this show.
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