Its dramatic merits notwithstanding, "The People's Court" is not in fact a court of law and statements a woman made while appearing as a "plaintiff" on the show may not be later used against her in an actual legal proceeding, a New York judge has ruled. "[T]he statements made on the show have no more probative force than the words of an actor reading from a script in a play," the judge wrote. "The only difference between the two is that the participants of the show may freely ad-lib their lines."
'People's Court' Testimony Thrown Out of Real Case
New York Law Journal
July 16, 2010