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Letter from ‘Judge Judy’ explains how people appear on show

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LOS ANGELES – Have you ever wondered how specific cases end up on the courtroom televised show ‘Judge Judy?’ A letter that recently surfaced online is shedding light on the process.

The letter, written by a  ‘Judge Judy’ producer, explains that the show’s field researchers hand-pick small claim cases from across the country. Then, the people involved in those cases receive a letter, like the one posted online, which explains some of the perks involved.

First off, if the plaintiff wins the case, ‘Judge Judy’ pays them the money, not the defendant.

Secondly, because the show settles disputes through arbitration and not litigation, the defendant won’t have any civil judgement added to their record, if they lose.

On top of that, all parties involved in the case are guaranteed an “appearance fee” to compensate them for coming on the program. Their travel expenses to the Los Angeles courtroom are all covered, as well.

So, in short, ‘Judge Judy’ pays you to come to Los Angeles and appear in a TV courtroom to hear a case that won’t hit your wallet or legal record, even if you lose.

All you have to do is let America into your personal business.

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