On Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:43:15 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Well at least she squeezed some good out of it.
Yeah, I remember the door message. It also had an outline of the car
on the dash, and two lines representing open doors would light up then.
Part of the game was figuring which door it was.
The windshield washeer message came with a light near the washer fluid
The People's Court is a legal, binding arbitration of the sort you'd find
anywhere in the US - except it's televised. Judge Milian was appointed to
the Miami Circuit Court by Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. Before that she spent
five years in the Miami County Court in the domestic violence, criminal and
civil divisions. Before serving in the county court, she worked as an
assistant state's attorney in Dade County for 10 years. Judge Judith
Scheindlin has even more legal experience although primarily in the family
court system. So their legal "chops" are well-established.
I've watched both programs for many years and the legal advice is quite
sound and often better than you'd get from attorneys who often take clearly
unwinnable cases just to generate a fee.
Both "shows" take cases that have already been filed in small claims courts
across the nation and participants sign documents agree to move those cases
to binding arbitration. The only difference is that litigants get
remuneration that they wouldn't get in small claims court or in binding
arbitration which seems fair considering how some richly embarrass
themselves with their frivolous claims on national TV.
In years of watching I've seen only a few cases that I didn't think were
decided fairly because the judges lacked adequate subject matter
training/education to be able to decide some finer points. If you don't
think that happens in real courtrooms, I have a bridge to sell you.
As any regular viewer can attest, in both courtroom shows, people learn to
a) get it in writing, b) document with photographs or video any matter than
might lead to litigation and c) have an expert check out the merchandise
(car, house, boat, etc) BEFORE the sale. How are those bad ideas? Why
would someone be considered a fool for following them?
It's also pretty obvious to me that our national educational system has
completely failed to instill proper ideas about the law and the civil court
system into our citizens. The People's Court is one of the few places that
serves to educate people about the rules of civil procedure outside of a law
The unwinnable cases that are constantly filed are a grim reminder of how
many people have completely erroneous ideas about the court system. Or as
Judge Milian says: "Court is not a "cha-ching" bonanza - it's about making
you whole after a wrong has been done." Based on the number of morons who
think that just because the landlord took a week to fix a broken window that
they no longer have to pay rent -ever- I believe her show and JJ's program
serve a vital public interest.
I would speculate that anyone watching the show regularly has picked up
something about the law they didn't know before. I learned about
from the PC. Many cases involve work by contractors and anyone considering
hiring one could learn a great deal about what you need to do to avoid
ending up in a lawsuit.
If you have evidence to the contrary, particularly examples of either judge
giving out patently bad advice, I'd love to hear it but somehow I suspect
you're damning something you don't know much about. That would fall under
the heading of "don't take advice from someone unfamiliar with the subject."
That's another thing you might learn from watching the People's Court. (-:
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