said by shortckt:Analogy still stands. Those TV courts are not real courts but arbitration dolled up for TV. Yes they get paid but they can lose real world stuff like engagement rings (saw that on People's Court years ago.) Unlike criminal court, you have to convince people to show up for arbitration. said by moonpuppy:
My guess is most people don't realize that ALL the court TV shows (People's Court for one) are NOT courts but binding arbitration. There is no appeal. There is no recourse. You lose, that's it.
Not a good analogy. "plaintiffs" and "defendants" on People's Court are both paid to appear on the show. Win or lose, that takes the sting out of the money part of it for both sides. In real-world arbitration both parties pay half the arbiter's fees and their own expenses up front, then the loser pays the winner's expenses after hearing, as determined by the arbiter.