It’s hard to believe Judge Judy has been on our screens for over 20 years. With over 21 seasons and around 5500 episodes, Judge Judy Sheindlin, has given audiences some ripper one liners. Who could forget the time she told one plaintiff, “Beauty fades. Dumb is forever.”

With the program streamed around the globe and the prospect of a public dressing down by the sharp witted Judge, one would wonder why there are so many willing participants. 

Well, in one of TV’s best kept secrets, it’s been revealed that in return for appearing on the show, producers cover all costs in Judge Judy’s rulings. 

And it appears to be a win, win situation for all involved with both the plaintiff and the defendant received an appearance fee which can range between $100 to $500 depending on the time spent filming. Travel and accomodation costs are also covered by the show.

It seems the lure of a free holiday to LA was too much for some fans, who faked an animal abuse case in 2010 to get a free trip to LA.