its dramatic merits notwithstanding, “The People’s Court” is not in fact a court of law and a woman’s statements while appearing as a “plaintiff” on the show may not be later used against her in an actual legal proceeding, a Brooklyn judge has ruled.

Last April, a judicial hearing officer relied on a woman’s “sworn testimony” from an appearance on “The People’s Court” to determine that the woman had not lived with her recently deceased mother and therefore did not have succession rights to her apartment.