|Presented by||Judge Greg Mathis|
|Music by||Brian Wayy Roy Shakked|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||22|
|No. of episodes||3,000+|
|Production locations||WMAQ-TV NBC Tower|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution|
|Picture format||480i 4:3 (SDTV)|
480i 16:9 (SDTV)
|Original release||September 13, 1999 -|
Judge Mathis is an American syndicated arbitration-based reality court show presided over by Judge Greg Mathis, a black-culture motivational speaker and retired judge of Michigan's 36th District Court.
The courtroom series premiered on Monday, September 13, 1999. The syndicated broadcast features Judge Mathis adjudicating small claims disputes and is produced by Telepictures Productions and Syndicated Productions, while distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
The show debuted its 22nd season on September 7, 2020.
The cases on Judge Mathis are classified as tort-law civil disputes with a maximum $5,000 claim, a typical amount for small claims court. The producers of the show select the cases. To acquire cases, the show solicits real-life litigants with pending disputes or individuals with potential disputes.
If litigants agree to be on the show, they are paid a talent fee ranging from $150 to $300, and they receive travel accommodations. Mathis has prior knowledge of the cases. In all cases, litigants give their prospective case managers all evidence in advance. Any outside legal case pending must be dismissed by both parties.
Typically, Mathis's producers only seek cases that they deem juicy and sensational enough for television. Occasionally, Mathis leaves the courtroom to deliberate and then returns with his verdict. Upon final judgment, he may briefly explain the legal principle guiding his verdict, especially if his ruling is based on a particular state's law. Reportedly, Mathis' rulings conform to the laws of the state where the case was originally filed. In recent years, the show has begun to conduct paternity testing in disputes about child custody, and drug testing in applicable cases. Mathis often offers or compels drug treatment and family counseling for parties.
As a child and teenage delinquent, Mathis found himself embroiled in frequent legal woes. He was a member of a street gang in Detroit, and he was arrested and sentenced to jail for illegally carrying a firearm when he was 17 years old.
It has been stated that the key to Greg Mathis's success as a judge and arbiter is that he's relatable. As a unique role model and personality, he stands out from other court show arbiters by virtue of his rags-to-riches ability to overcome his personal-life struggles and demons. So concerned is the arbiter with helping steer troubled youth in the right direction, the show's second season featured a documentary on Greg Mathis's life:
Mathis has frequently used his courtroom series to highlight his troubled-youth-turned-success-story as a way of motivating and inspiring his audience (especially youth audience) that there's no adversity that they can't pick themselves up from. It is from his background where Mathis derives much of his courtroom formula. For example, his show's opening theme was formerly a brief documentary of his powerful life story. As another example, he takes a liking to litigants who have seen the error of their ways and have made efforts to improve and better their lives. Mathis also makes efforts to promote treatment for individuals struggling with drugs, using his syndicated show as a platform to send opioid addicts to rehab. In addition, he makes efforts to bring families together through paternity testing.
Mathis believes rehabilitation is within almost everyone's grasp if they just receive the proper guidance, which is what he tries to provide. In addition to upholding the rule of law in court, he makes a point of emphasizing that education is key to a brighter future. The continued success of his courtroom series has led to the growth of a new generation of younger court show viewers. People understand that it's his concern for their futures that motivates many of his decisions.
The judge's courtroom approach is advertised as "a refreshing mix of social commentary, humor and humanity."
By the 2014-15 television season, Judge Mathis made it to its 16th season, making Mathis the longest-serving African American court show arbitrator, surpassing Judge Joe Brown, whose program lasted 15 seasons. Moreover, Mathis holds the record for second-longest serving court show arbitrator ever, just behind Judge Judy Sheindlin, the presiding judge of the court show Judge Judy and creator of Hot Bench'
Judge Mathis entered its milestone 20th season on Monday, September 3, 2018, and currently just completed production on season 22. The success of Judge Mathis is particularly noteworthy in that, generally speaking, court show programming has a very limited shelf life. The programs in this genre are lucky to make it past a few seasons. Judge Mathis is the fourth longest-running courtroom series behind Judge Judy, The People's Court, and Divorce Court. Though both Divorce Court and The People's Court have suffered cancellation(s) and shifting arbitrators, Judge Mathis has not. Consequently, of the court shows with only one production life, Judge Mathis is the second longest-running (second only to Judge Judy by three seasons).
Of the long list of court shows, the only programs still in production in the genre originating from the 1990s or prior are Divorce Court (1957), The People's Court (1981), and Judge Mathis (1999). Of those three, only Judge Mathis has not suffered temporary cancellations in the midst of its series run. Also of the three, Mathis is the only one to have hosted his program for the entirety of its run. This also makes Greg Mathis the second longest serving court show arbitrator ever, only behind Judy Sheindlin.
Judge Mathis is one of the longest running, successful programs in the court show genre. As of the 2018-19 television season, it's one of the two courtroom programs to have existed for two decades under one arbitrator.
Judge Greg Mathis's "inspirational and positive messages to young people" won the court show a PRISM Commendation in May 2002. The court show also won an NAACP Image Award in 2004 and a Daytime Emmy Award in 2018, just ahead of making it to its 20th season debut.
Mathis was crowned the winner of the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program in April 2018. In his acceptance speech for his first-ever Emmy win, he credited his diverse staff of females and minorities:
Mathis typically begins proceedings by having litigants expound on their side of the dispute so as to gain insight into the matter. Cases on Judge Mathis tend to go deeper and to more revealing places than those of most other court shows. He calls attention to peculiarities or juicy details exposed throughout the course of the proceedings as a means of making the cases more stimulating to viewers. Furthermore, Mathis doesn't hesitate to tackle any social issues that emerge during the proceedings, tying his social justice perspectives to the cases.
While hearing the testimonies, Mathis takes on a relaxed, attentive, understanding and open-minded nature. Rarely missing an opportunity to jest or poke fun, Mathis is given to fun, humor, good-natured ridicule and gibes, often rousing his audience to uproarious amusement. He sometimes cuts the tension-even tension he himself has fostered-with wisecracks or taunting remarks. Mathis has bantered directly at audience members on occasion, also resulting in audience amusement. He uses a rather high-pitched voice as part of stultifying litigants and suggesting that they've not recognized the obvious.
On Monday, September 7, 2020, Judge Mathis entered its 22nd season with various new COVID-19 precautionary measures in place, such as a significantly depopulated courtroom audience, all members of the audience widely distanced from one another. In addition, all audience members wear face shields.
On September 20, 1999 during the first season of the "Judge Mathis" show, Leslie (Pallotta) Merrill, a former news anchor for WPGH Pittsburgh became the show's court reporter. Her role was to interview the litigants after Judge Mathis rendered his decision on each case and passed judgment. She left the show at the start of season 2.
The first bailiff on Judge Mathis, Brendan Anthony Moran, died on 19 December 2002 after he fell to his death from the balcony of his 24th floor Chicago condo. His death was ruled a suicide, although Moran's family think differently.
Since then, Judge Mathis has had two bailiffs.
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