Binding Arbitration and Small Claims

The audience that attended the Forum: Courtrooms as TV Entertainment, learned many things on the night when we hosted Judges Marilyn Milian and Alex Ferrer. First, as an incentive for parties to opt out of small buy viagra 100mg claims court and to enter the legal arena of reality TV, the producers agree to pay the cost of the losing side–meaning that whatever monetary judgment is handed down, the defendant will not be responsible for paying it. The producers of the show will pay the damage award. Second, these TV courtrooms scour the country for interesting, sometimes salacious cases that are scheduled to be heard in small claims court. Then they determine whether the parties to the action, along with their claims, would make for engaging, compelling television. The viagra no prescription result is binding arbitration–whatever happens on television in resolving the case, whatever judgment the judges reach, is final.


Judging or Entertaining?

A fair amount of the lively discussion was devoted buy viagra in canada to the question: If the courtroom cases are serious, and they are intended to impart important moral lessons about the differences between right and wrong, then should it matter who the plaintiffs and defendants are, and how they, and their claims, come across on the TV screen? Both of our judges were quick to point out that their producers recruit interesting cases and the people attached to them. These courtrooms shows may be authentic demonstrations of dispute resolution, but they also have the burden to hold the attention of TV audiences, who might otherwise switch to a soap opera, a cable movie, or even worse, a competing courtroom TV show. There is always the power and prerogative of the remote control. But this invites the question: Aren’t all disputes interesting in some way, or is it that


Courtrooms as TV Entertainment: Charasmatic Courtroom Jurists

Judge Marilyn Milian, from “The People’s Court, and Judge Alex Ferrer, from “Judge Alex,” were fantastic guests of the Forum. Everyone in the audience was treated to two articulate, telegenic, passionate, and hilarious jurists. Indeed, while their syndicated television shows are wildly successful, I think they both agreed that when not filming their TV shows they should consider taking their act, as a pair of TV judges, on the road. Even a sitcom would work. They are obvious friends who finish each other’s sentences and almost know what the other is about to say. It was funny when Judge Milian, at one point, invoked buy sildenafil citrate Lucy at the chocolate factory, because the good judge is very much cut from the same cloth as the charismatic Lucy Arnez/Ball, which is ironic, since both Milian and Ferrer are Cuban Americans, as was Desi Arnez. The rapport and chemistry of our