Judge Rinder

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Judge Rinder
Judge rinder.jpg
GenreCourt show
Presented byRobert Rinder
StarringMichelle Hassan
Voices ofCharles Foster
Country of originUnited Kingdom, Enfield
Original language(s)English
No. of series6[1]
No. of episodes407[1]
Production location(s)dock10, MediaCityUK
Running time45 minutes (60 minutes including adverts)
Production company(s)ITV Studios
Original networkITV
Picture format1080i 16:9 (HDTV)
Original release11 August 2014 (2014-08-11) –
Related showsJudge Judy
Judge Rinder's Crime Stories

Judge Rinder is a British arbitration show, styled as a court show, that has aired on ITV since it started on 11 August 2014. The show depicts Robert Rinder as an arbitrator overseeing civil cases. Rinder is styled as a Judge for the show but is not a member of the Judiciary of the United Kingdom.[2][3] Rinder is a practising criminal barrister at 2 Hare Court Chambers in London and this is made clear on the show.[3] Any awards handed down by Rinder are paid by the production company rather than the loser.[4]

Show structure[edit]

The hearings are conducted in a studio styled as a courtroom with entertainment styling including flags and a gavel which are not used in UK courts.[5] The robes worn by Rinder are regular barristers' robes without the wig, and in England and Wales, most small claim trials are conducted in District Judges' Chambers.[6] The show shares the same format as other television court shows, such as Judge Judy and Judge Mathis.[7]

The claimant and defendant enter the courtroom separately, while announcer Charles Foster announces their names (unlike Judge Judy, where full names are used, they are only identified by first names), along with details of the case, and take their places at their respective benches: the claimant on the judge's left, and the defendant on the judge's right. Rinder then asks the claimant and defendant to confirm their names, and the case proceeds.[citation needed] The bailiff of the show is Michelle Hassan, who passes items of evidence (photographs, receipts, copies of text messages etc.) between the litigants and Judge Rinder during proceedings, which can be displayed on a large screen in the courtroom (with certain identifying information electronically blurred) when required. Hassan also brings a box of tissues or a glass of water to any litigant who should become distressed during the case, as well as escorting any additional witnesses into the courtroom, who give their evidence standing in a dock on the same side of the room where she stands, and out of the courtroom again afterwards.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "ITV Studios - Judge Rinder". ITV Studios. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  2. ^ "List of members of the courts judiciary". Courts and Tribunals Judiciary. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Exclusive interview: Judge Rinder on life as Britain's newest reality TV star". legalcheek.com. Legal Cheek. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  4. ^ "COURT IN THE ACT This is the one thing you never knew about Judge Rinder's courtroom". The Sun. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Famous TV judges and court shows – are they authentic?". lawabsolute.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Everything you could possibly want to know about Judge Robert Rinder". Closer. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ Hack, John (15 August 2014). "Exclusive interview: Judge Rinder on life as Britain's newest reality TV star". Legal Cheek. Retrieved 16 August 2014.

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