How Do Guests on "Judge Judy" Get Paid?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 24, 2020 7:43:06 PM ET

The producers of the show “Judge Judy” pay guests that win a judgment award from a fund the producers reserve for this purpose. The award limit is $5,000. Both the defendant and plaintiff also receive an appearance fee that varies depending on the litigant and ranges from $100 to $500. Litigants also receive $35 pay for each day they appear on the show, with tapings lasting two to three days.