It is widely accepted that the litigants on Hot Bench are not actors, but real people with real allegations that are put on the show after extensive research.
Court shows are one of the most popular sub-genres of the reality format, however, the fact that the format is still reality TV has caused many to question its authenticity.
One of the most popular court shows, which still faces these assumptions is heated seat.
heated seat It premiered in 2014 and became one of the most-watched original court programs on daytime television.
Since its inception, court presentation has been transparent about how to attract litigants, with researchers visiting small courts across the United States to find the right cases to present. In the sense that all cases are real events and people, not actors.
heated seat Set to change judges in Season 9
For eight seasons of heated seatThe jury is composed of judges Tania Aker, Patricia Dimango and Michael Correiro.
This panel was selected by the show’s executive producer and pioneer of the court show genre, Judge Judy Sheindlin.
But Amazon Freevee is picking up another court show that’s slated to be executively produced by Sheindlin, so Acker and DiMango will file the next court show.
on me heated seatThey will be replaced by judges Yodit Tewolde and Rachel Juarez upon his return for season nine on Monday, October 31, 2023.
Do opponents on heated seat actors?
It is common for the authenticity of reality TV shows to be called into question. heated seat Not unlike a court show, many viewers wonder if the litigants appearing on the show are actors or real court cases.
However, given that the show was executive produced by Judge Judy Sheindlin, the process for finding the litigants follows the same rigorous structure that her own show has followed during its 25 seasons.
It has been reported heated seat It has a team of researchers across the country tasked with going to small claims courts across the country in search of compelling cases.
These cases, numbering in the thousands, are narrowed down to the most urgent cases.
The litigants are then contacted and asked if they are interested in coming to the show where their case will be handled by the three judges on the stand.
If they agree, the litigants are forced to sign the binding arbitration agreement, which is a contract that stipulates that the litigants must accept the judgment rendered by the judges.
As such, all litigants are real. To the extent that heated seatlike other reputable court shows such as Judge JudyAnd the Judy MathisAnd the Faith judgehas yet to face a scandal accusing the show of being staged.
Litigants are told what to say heated seat?
The same way the opponents do heated seat They are not actors, nor have they been told what to say. However, they were groomed by the show’s producers before they even stood at the judges’ table, but weren’t told what they were going to say.
Producers work with litigants in advance to make them comfortable and prepare them to tell their story as succinctly and in as much detail as possible.
This is because judges may distract litigants because they sometimes tend to interrupt opponents, which causes litigants to lose their line of reasoning as we have seen before.
Litigants are paid to be on heated seat?
While the litigants are real people with real small claims, heated seat It’s still a reality TV show.
Therefore, it is stated that the litigants who make the cut are flown to the site and given a hotel accommodation prior to their appearance, at the expense of production.
On top of that, they are paid a small, undisclosed compensation fee for appearing on the show. Although the judgment must also be taken into account, which may require the plaintiff to pay damages after the judgment is issued.
Who pays the complainant if the opponent wins?
An interesting theory is that the show pays the complainant if he wins the small claims cases. It is also believed that court presentations have a sum of money allocated to each small claims case brought before it heated seat.
Therefore, in the event that the complainant wins, the offer shall be paid to them from the money set aside, and the remainder shall be shared between the two parties.
Therefore, if the complainant, for example, asks for compensation in the amount of 2500 dollars out of 5 thousand dollars from the budget allocation allocated to the case, then his dues are paid, and the remaining amount is allegedly divided between the parties.