"Judge Mathis" selects contestants based on the cases submitted to the show for review. People can submit cases online through Judge Mathis' website or through the toll-free number 1-888-VERDICT.
Be prepared to provide full name, age, phone number, email address and gender. The form also asks for information regarding the person with whom the dispute exists. General information about the lawsuit including how much you are suing for, a brief case description and when the incident occurred are also required.
Judge Mathis asks if a small claims or civil case in court has been filed before and requests details about the previous filing. People must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Potential contestants can submit photos of themselves on the online form.
Judge-driven television shows also find cases by combing through small claims court fillings across the country. Television show staff may send letters of proposal to people and ask if they would like to be on the show. Interested parties must sign appearance waivers and agree to have the case go through public arbitration courts. While different than verdicts determined in a court of law, public arbitration verdicts are legally binding. Guests are paid for their appearances, and all travel arrangements are included.