JUDGE Rinder’s sharp wit and scathing courtroom put-downs have made his self-titled ITV show essential viewing.
The offbeat nature of the cases he tackles and his cutting retorts have led some viewers to claim that the TV star isn’t legally qualified – but this is in fact far from the truth. Here’s the lowdown…
Is Judge Rinder a real barrister?
Robert Rinder is a practising criminal law barrister.
He was called to the bar in 2001 after graduating with a double first in politics, modern history and art at Manchester University.
He was then accepted for pupillage at top chambers on London, 2 Paper Buildings.
During his legal career he has been involved in several high-profile cases, once defending British Serviceman charged with manslaughter over the deaths of Iraqi detainees.
Despite wearing judges robes in the show, Ronder is not a member of the Judiciary – and this is made clear.
Where is Judge Rinder’s courtroom?
Judge Rinder is filmed in Media City, Salford, Manchester.
If you want to be an audience member you have to apply on the ITV website.
The show is 45 minutes long including adverts.
The courtroom is decked out much like an American one, with flags and a gavel – two fictional props as they are not used in British courtrooms.
Who pays out the compensation on Judge Rinder?
Any arbitration awards are paid for by the production company, not the person who loses the case.
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How does Judge Rinder’s show work?
Judge Rinder is an arbitration show – so Judge Rinder arbitrates between civil cases and decides a “winner” and a “loser”.
The claimant stands to Rinder’s left and the plaintiff to his right.
The bailiff of the show is Michelle Hassan, whose job it is to pass evidence and escort witnesses to and from the courtroom.
After both parties have presented their cases Rinder decides on an outcome.
Rinder is known for his no nonsense approach and rigorous cross-examination abilities.
He has has said that he applies the law seriously and makes “real legal rulings.”
He also deals with real life court cases in his ITV series Crime Stories.