I have never noticed that disclaimer on Judge Mathis, either. I've only seen it on The People's Court because I'm a pretty avid viewer of that show. I just always assumed all of these shows followed the same model because what else would possess defendants, particularly those who have been deadbeats, to broadcast their biz on national television? Why else would so many agree to appear if they weren't being paid?
I'm not suggesting the litigants are actors at all. In fact, to appear on The People's Court, I know you have to have actually filed a case in small claims court prior to appearing. I just think it IS more likely than not that both sides are paid for their appearance on the respective shows, much like people are paid for talk show appearances, interviews, etc. I don't see anything wrong with people being paid for appearing on the shows, anyway nor do I find anything wrong with the judgements being paid by the shows. Like I said, it's a good way for people with legitimate claims to save time and receive guaranteed payment if the judge rules in their favor.
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Oh, I'm not saying that you are implying that the people are actors. And, I do know that they receive an appearance fee, plus the hotel/flight. It's like a freebie trip out of town plus you are handling your business. I am just saying that I do not believe that the judgment is paid by the show. It would make the whole point of the show pointless. The plaintiff and the defendants would have no incentive to prove their case or lie if they knew that the show was going to pay the judgment regardless of the outcome. It is pretty obvious that they are serious about proving their points and winning. They wouldn't do this or care if they weren't going to lose anything.reply share
Yeah, the judgment may not be paid by the show on Judge Mathis. I just made that assumption that all the shows follow the same model since The People's Court does pay the judgment and acknowledges doing so in their disclaimer. But since there is no such disclaimer on Judge Mathis, you could be right.
I wouldn't appear on tv even as the plaintiff if I didn't know I was gonna get guaranteed payment if I proved my case, though. A judgment doesn't automatically guarantee payment since the loser can still continue to be a deadbeat. But a check from the show does and that would be my incentive to go present my case. And if the judgment is being deducted from the loser's appearance fee, as it is on The People's Court, the loser may still take it as a loss because they were hoping to pocket more of that appearance money.
Either way, I love these shows.
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