Judge Judy earns $47 MILLION a year for taping ‘Judge Judy.’ In an interview she said that every 3 years she would present her salary request to the CBS TV Distribution President. Once, when he gave her a counter offer in an envelope, she refused to open it saying “This isn’t a negotiation.”

What Is Judy Sheindlin’s Net Worth? Here’s How the ‘Judge Judy’ Star Made Her Fortune

Judith “Judy” Sheindlin has forever left her mark on daytime television thanks to her wildly popular courtroom show Judge Judy. For more than two decades, the no-nonsense court maven has dominated the small screen, taping over 5,200 episodes since the show’s premiere in September 1996. Even though Judge Judy is set to end later this year, Judy has no intention of slowing down. In fact, she told Ellen DeGeneres recently that she’s working on a brand-new television show called Judy Justice.

But even if Judy decided to call it quits tomorrow, the 77-year-old TV personality would be more than set, financially speaking. According to Business Insider, Judy has pulled in a cool $47 million every year for Judge Judy, despite only filming 52 day… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

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  1. gpsrx

    I had a client consider going on the show once.

    The way it works is that they parse through small claims court filings, looking for cases that are interesting enough to go on TV. If you are chosen, they pay you \~$250 to go on, and they also pay whatever the damages end up being. It’s a win for the defendant, since they don’t have to go out of pocket, and it’s a win for the plaintiff because they are guaranteed to get their money (a lot of defendants in small claims court don’t pay the damages).

    It’s binding arbitration, so Judge Judy’s decision in the matter is final, and you can’t go to court after.

  2. ohwhatj

    Also Bailiff Byrd is paid quite well also for his duties. Although there are no formal reports regarding how much he earns, it has been reported that his salary is more than $1 million.

  3. stratamaniac

    As a professional negotiator I can tell you that this is a line can rarely use, but when you do, its very satisfying.

  4. MuthaPlucka

    … and they **still** make money. Good for Judge Judy: know your worth.

  5. gpsrx

    Because Judge Judy is legally binding arbitration, she is actually the best paid practicing lawyer in the United States.

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