Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin) is a straight talking, no nonsense Judge who presides upon cases in her TV courtroom. The people are real, the cases are real and the judgements are final. Judge Judy is a specialist in family law and presides over small claims. The studio is set up like a real courtroom, but the audience are paid extras.
Judge Judy had two cases in this episode of the programme.
Cindy Ina (plaintiff) was suing her ex-boyfriend Vernon West (defendant) for lease payments on a car. The pair had a 7 year old child together but never lived together, although they had been making plans to do so (despite him having a wife!) They had an agreement that she would purchase the car in her name and he would drive the car and make the payments on it. Although Cindy went on to describe their relationship, Judge Judy only wanted to know the facts relating to the case.
Vernon drove the car from September 1999 to April 2000, but Cindy said that he had only made 2 payments out of 7 and he said that he had made 4 payments but did not pay the others as he had lost his job. Judge Judy pressed him for his defence and he eventually admitted that he had no defence. It also became apparent that he had 3 parking tickets that had gone to Cindy’s address (as he had this on his driver’s licence) and that these were unpaid. He had three children but had stopped paying child support for their child. Vernon’s wife accompanied him to the court and was less than impressed. Judge Judy found in favour of the plaintiff and Vernon West was ordered pay for the missing lease payments, parking tickets and child support.
In another case, Lynne Blackwell (the plaintiff) had sold a used car to a friend (Jamie Starr) for $2000. An agreement was written up for the friend to make regular payments. After about a year and a half Jamie Starr stopped making payments as she was not happy with the car (she started to have problems after 4 months). Judge Judy pointed out that a used car is sold as seen and you could expect to have problems – thus it was not a good enough reason to stop making payments, The moral of the case was “Don’t sell anything to friends or relatives” and “Don’t buy a used car expecting it to be perfect”.