The Truth Behind TV Court Shows


Narrator: One of the best things about staying home from school as a kid was watching daytime court shows. My personal favorite?
“The People’s Court.” Judge Milian is electric, and the cases are always so ridiculous. Judge Milian: Where was your cart? By the watermelons, with
you, or where the opening is? Okay, no, no. Narrator: But what if I
told you that this is not an actual courtroom? And when a person loses a case, they don’t even have
to pay the settlement. So what’s actually going on? Court shows have long been a
staple of American television, but they didn’t start on TV. The first court shows popped
up in radio’s golden age. The early programs were
typically reenactments of real court cases. Radio: There’s no telling what would happen to him or his life if he resists the authorities. Narrator: But “The People’s
Court,” which began in 1981, started a whole new era: arbitration-based reality shows. Presiding since 2001, Judge Marilyn Milian is the show’s longest serving host and the first Latina judge to host a nationally
syndicated court show. Before “The People’s Court,” Milian was an assistant state attorney in Florida and was appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the Miami Circuit Court, working in the criminal division. Judge Milian: I had a
gubernatorial appointment, and it was a sure thing. And I had crossed every
T and dotted every I to make sure that I had
an upward trajectory in the judiciary. And I was giving all that up if I decided to join what many in the law see as the frivolity of television. Of course, now that it’s
been on the air 20 years, I’m a genius. But back then, people were worried about what it is that was
gonna happen in my career. Narrator: What you see on the show are real small claims cases. They’re lifted directly
out of the courthouse to be arbitrated by Judge Milian. David Scott: If you get
your case in small claims, there’s one judge, and there’s three or
400 cases that show up on any given day. And it’s very hard,
impossible, for that one judge to get through those cases, so they offer you something
called binding arbitration. And that is, you can go to a lawyer, plead your case to the lawyer with the person you’re suing, and that lawyer will decide the case. It’s binding arbitration, there’s no room for appeal, and you have agreed, and the defendant has agreed to allow this arbitrator to hear your case. And that’s basically exactly what we do. Narrator: So how do they pick the cases? This is like panning for gold. We go out, and we go to all these courts, and we get all of these cases, and we sift through them. We love a relationship case. We love where an ex-wife
is suing their ex-husband. We love cases where there’s a
lot of personal kind of stuff along with the legal stuff. So it’s the personalities
that we’re looking for. We’re looking for a good argument, we’re looking for a good defense. That’s how we select our cases. We shoot to bring the public the juiciest cases we can get. They were juicy then, they’re juicy now, and hopefully they’ll
continue to be juicy. Narrator: The show covers travel expenses for the participants and will pay the settlement if the case is ruled in your favor. But for most cases, it’s
not really about the money. Judge Milian: We once had a
guy who paid $40 to file a case over a $5 lottery card. And it was a thing of beauty, because what it shows you is that small claims is
never about the money. It’s always about the principle. Narrator: So you’ve got a case. How do you get the judge on your side? Absolutely the biggest mistake people make is coming unprepared. If you want a judge to
rule against somebody and believe you, you
have to bring evidence. You can’t just show up
with your flapping gums. People will just walk it in there, they’re insulted that you didn’t just take their word for it. It’s insanity. I think people think
that because they believe their story so much, all they have to do is
come forward and say it, and everyone else is
gonna see it their way. But when there’s two sides involved, you have to prove what
it is you’re saying. A hot dog is a sandwich. If it’s essentially two pieces of bread, with some kind of meat
or salad on the inside, it’s a sandwich. Next case.

49 comments

  1. Peoples court is real bit people dont have to pay because it's so hard to find people to release their dirty work to the world

  2. I’m like a lot of people here… Love me some Judge Judy but I would not want to go on her show unless I knew I was right and had my stuff together😆

  3. You know you're getting old when a narrator talks about watching The People's Court "as a kid," and the clip shows Judge Milian and NOT Judge Wapner.

  4. Real Judge laughing at all even wise young in court what do about did laughing at Bugaboo ice cream said story did lawsuit food make out of waste good looking why think clear about study never do both no one do why real case is second. Coax hypnosis laughing buy only one time or see strange real? Father like Bugaboo nothing hear and what writing use. Old one another life Greek paper evidence Bible like not use nice again and to all where going think same again? Thought make me is or thought outside even wise old guy is error good at only not. No one extra day care don't why? Hear isn't nerd is.

  5. I was on the People's Court and my boss lost! They fly you in and sit you in a warehouse and lunch means "cold pizza" then you are told to push the doors open like your mad when you walk in. They edit the heck out of it (all the good stuff) and you completely lose the real meat of the cases. Our case was about Red Sox play off tickets that my boss decided not to buy, the ticket agents SOLD HIS tickets because the ones they brought to court were for a different game!! They didn;t show that on TV, There are tons of people in the lobby to be in the audience lol

  6. I disagree with Judge Millian on the "lack of preparedness" ordeal. There have been some plaintiffs and defendants who have won their cases solely based on their word. They literally had no evidence on them when they entered court, and these individuals won. So, you can come to court empty-handed and win your case.

  7. I love Judge Millian!! And of course Judge Judy especially when Judge Judy gets sarcastic like I remember one episode of Judge Judy when she asked either the Plantiff or Defendant a question. I don't remember which and I think it was one of the witnesses was getting ready to answer the question. Judge Judy literally shouted "I'm not talking to you. What do think this is a tea party?" I literally rolled laughing over that. The audience on the show rolled laughing also.

  8. I'm worried that you're favorite thing to do staying home from school is watching Court room shows… That's 50 shades of pathetic and sad. Are you Okay?

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  10. The cases are real I was in one . If I won I got $200 for the day and if I lost the court settled and paid the settlement

  11. I never purposely watched these shows. These daytime shows and drama shows like springer and Maury shows remind me that I’m poor

  12. Why is it okay for Marilyn Milian to call defendants "honey" "sweetheart" and other such terms of endearment. Yet, if a defendant calls her "Mam" or "Miss" she goes beszerk? I like her but she is always preening to the camera because she knows she's attractive. She also says nothing when a black person makes a comment about a white person but goes crazy if a white person makes a comment about a black defendant. Then THEY are racist. I've watched her since the show began and have seen this many times.

  13. these shows are nothing more than a female empowerment attempt for minority women. notice how the law of the land is always a woman

  14. The worst is that Telemundo or Univision has come up with their version of TV court……where the judge actually sings the intro theme………..ay dios mio que verguenza.

  15. I like this video because im a court show fanatic of all court tv which judge ross being my least favorite lol. But i appreciate you sharing the scoop on my favorite shows. Thank you

  16. A sandwich requires a flat or flattened main ingredient. Hot dogs are not flat, therefore a hot dog in a bun is not a sandwich. Cut it into flat strips a laid side by side between two slices of bread, not a bun, THEN a hot dog will be a sandwich.

  17. TV court shows cases ARE real. No one would not think this is a set, where else do they record for TV? Yes the participants are paid, otherwise, why would they even put their miserable lives on national television for millions to see. Arbitrators IN the real courts are not judges either. Hope that clears up the insiders silly questions 🙂

  18. OH PLEASE. !!!! JUCIE WHAT THE HELL IS THIS JUICE. CRAP IN REAL LIFE REALTY POLICE PIG'S AND PROSICUTORS AND DISTRICT ATTORNEYS JUDGE'S ATTORNEYS PUBLIC DEFENDERS AND EVEN JAIL AND PRISON GUARDS ARE THE MOST CROOKED CROOKED PERVERTED CRIMINALS BRAIN WASHING INNOCENT PEOPLE INTO TAKING PLEA BARGAINS SENTENCING INNOCENT PEOPLE TOO JAILS PRISONS EVEN DEATH ROW AND CLAIMING IT'S JUSTICE AND COVERING UP FOR EACH OTHER'S CROOKED CROOKED CRIMES COMMITTED BY POLICE PIG'S PROSECUTORS DISTRICT ATTORNEYS JUDGE'S PUBLIC DEFENDERS EVEN JAIL AND PRISON GUARDS WHO ARE ACCUSING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND SENTENCING INNOCENT PEOPLE TOO DEATH ROW

  19. ALL ALL POLICE PIG'S PROSECUTORS DISTRICT ATTORNEYS ATTORNEYS DISTRICT ATTORNEYS JUDGE'S AND JAIL PRISON GUARDS ARE THE MOST CROOKED PERVERTED CRIMINALS COVERING UP FOR ACCUSING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND SENTENCING INNOCENT PEOPLE TOO JAILS PRISONS DEATH ROW JAIL AND PRISON GUARDS EVEN RAPEING INMATES ROBBING STRIP SEARCHING ROBBING INMATES WHO HAVE BEEN FALSELY ACCUSED BY CROOKED POLICE PIG'S IN COSTUMES WITH GUNS BADGES OF DISGRACE

  20. JUDGE'S ARE JUST AT CROOKED PERVERTED CRIMINALS AS POLICE PIG'S PROSECUTORS DISTRICT ATTORNEYS JUDGE'S PUBLIC DEFENDERS JAIL AND PRISON GUARDS CROOKED CROOKED PERVERTED CRIMINALS IN HIGHER AUTHORITY

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