Judge Judy Sheindlin, a former judge from New York, tackles actual, small claims cases with her no-nonsense attitude in which damages of no more than $5,000 can be awarded. Also by her side... See full summary »
In all TV Court shows, they are not real Court of Law proceedings.
Rather they are arbitration hearings which are masqueraded to look like
real Courts. Both parties in the case have agreed to take their case
out of the real Court of Law system, and instead they have signed it
over to be settled in legally-binding arbitration on the Judge Alex
show. The losers never have to pay any money out of their own pocket if
they lose a case on the show. Instead, the producers of the show pay
the amount of the loser owes. The winner and loser both get paid for
being on the show, the loser simply gets his payment reduced by the
amount of the judgement made by Judge Alex against him. This is what
gives people incentive to take their cases out of real Courts of Law
and have them settled on a TV Court show instead since in a real Court
the loser has to pay out of his or her own pocket, and on a TV Court
show they never have to pay a penny. Some viewers have a problem with
TV Court shows like Judge Alex, since it is technically "fake" in terms
of not being a real Court. The "real" parts of the show are: the
participants are real; the dispute is real; and the decision is real,
legally binding-arbitration. What is not real is: Judge Alex is
performing the job of an arbitrator on the show, not a real Judge;
there is no reason why he needs to have a gavel, bailiff, wear a robe,
call himself "Judge", or dress up the room to look like a Court of Law.
If you have a problem with TV Court shows being fake, then Judge Alex
is not for you: it is fake just like *all* the rest. If not, read on.
Judge Alex was formerly a real Judge in a real Court of Law. He
possesses all the knowledge and qualifications that a real Judge would
have. The same is also true of some other TV Court Judges like Judge
Judy and Judge Milian. However, Alex is head and shoulders better than
them in conducting his show like a real Court of Law. Judy has a
gimmick: scream at and insult the participants as much as possible and
make outrageous comments at them all the time. And decide who wins and
who loses based on her volatile emotional whims of the day. That is
great for Judge Judy's ratings, but it is not good being fair to the
participants or arriving at a judgement based on sound reasoning. Judge
Milian has some "schticks" of her own, basically she is a slightly
tamer version of Judge Judy. But Milian still has to fill her daily
quota of performing her "yelling schtick": which dictates she must
randomly start screaming at a participant in the middle of the case,
out of the blue, for no reason at all. I suspect that Milian is told by
the producers of her show to do this schtick because they saw how great
it was for Judge Judy's ratings. I believe Milian is not a mean person
in her heart, but she conducts her cases on the show like she is
because it's good for ratings.
With Judge Alex, there is none of that. No gimmicks, no schticks. Alex
is firm yet fair. Alex is not afraid to control the room. Alex has no
problem insisting that the participants stop interrupting him, stop
talking to each other, stop talking over each other, and stop using
foul language. The difference between Alex and the other TV Court
Judges, is that Alex always has a rational *reason* for being firm with
anyone. He never does it based on volatile emotions needing to burst
out, like the other TV Court Judges *always* do. Alex is only harsh
with those participants who *deserve* it because they are being
extremely misbehaved in front of him. Alex uses logical, fair, unbiased
reasoning to come to all of his decisions, which as a result, are
almost always the most fair outcome possible to achieve. Judge Alex
will always rule in favor of defendants he does not like, if the
plaintiff failed to bring enough evidence to prove his or her case. Not
something Milian or Judy would do. Alex asks questions pertinent to
digging deep into the details of the case, whereas Milian or Judy ask
questions mainly to find more irrelevant details to the case that they
can have a random emotional outburst about to increase the ratings.
Alex is a distinguished gentleman. Always finding ways to compliment
the participants in any way he can. For example, one participant in a
case about someone stealing his music samples, wanted to demonstrate
what can be done with stolen samples, so he remixed the Judge Alex
theme song and added rap lyrics to it. Judge Alex complimented him on
this by saying "I think we have a new theme song." Whenever a child has
to participate in a case, Alex will always take the time out to
compliment the child about something, and put his or her mind at ease.
Perhaps the best part of all, is Alex's wit. He always delivers utterly
hilarious zingers out of the blue. He is a comedy goldmine with his
uncanny ability to make humorous remarks that qualify as comedic
genius. Example: To a witness who said she cleaned the opposing
witness' house for 31 hours, on a cleaning team comprised of 3 people,
Alex said: "31 hours for 3 people to clean 1 house. I could have
cleaned Chernobyl in that time." To truly appreciate the hilarity of
Alex's wit, you have to watch the show to observe his calm, seamless
delivery of all his zingers. You never know the zinger is coming until
you are *already* laughing uncontrollably at it.
Judge Alex is the ideal TV Court Judge.
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