2 Hare Court barrister set to be UK’s telly Judge Judy

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Multi-million pound fraud specialist plucked to hear cases of lawn mower failure and duff holidays


Brace yourself, daytime telly addicts — the UK is about to get its home grown version of Judge Judy, the iconic figure of the American bench for the last 18 years.

ITV has plucked criminal law barrister Robert Rinder from the Temple’s 2 Hare Court to front a British law-made-easy for ordinary punters programme. So our television screens will shortly be filled with riveting stories of lawn mowers that don’t cut grass and holidays that didn’t quite live up to their brochure pictures.


Judge Judy — aka Judith Sheindlin, the tough talking Brooklyn-born lawyer — first graced screens in 1996, having done a prior stint in the lead slot on Manhattan’s top family court bench.

Rinder — who was called in 2001 — will be hoping that he has just a fraction of the success for ITV as Sheindlin has garnered with US broadcaster CBS. She is reported to be on a massive deal worth $45 million (£26 million) a year. Let’s face it — even a tiny slice of that kind of action will put the average earnings of the criminal bar in the shade.

Indeed, the success of the US programme probably explains the slightly American feel of the Judge Rinder trailer. Our bench hero is seen in a simple Judge Judy-style black gown, with not a hair of Georgian wig in sight.

Rinder also wields with some ferocity a gavel, banging it forcefully on the bench to warn pedants off pointing out that they ain’t used in British courtrooms.

In an ITV promotional video, Rinder gushes over the common man touch the programme will bring. Law, he says, is simply about “human stories”, before enlightening us with the wise words that “at the core, cases are about who is telling the truth”. Once again, the razor-sharp minds of the bar are on display.

Rinder also hints at an educational purpose to his programme, suggesting the poor British are disadvantaged because “we can’t watch the system in this country” owing to a lack of television cameras in courts.

The fact that the public can still walk into just about any court in the land with their packed lunch and while-away as much time as they fancy watching the system at work seems to have eluded the programme-makers.

ITV has not yet provided a broadcast date for Judge Rinder, but the programme will be produced in Manchester. Rinder — himself a politics and history graduate from Manchester University — hopes that local Mancunians will apply to bring their cases before him.

Get ready for allegations that United has failed in its duty of care to fans for failing to qualify for Europe, etc.

When he’s not loafing around the green room, Rinder’s legal practice focuses on international fraud, money laundering, and other forms of financial crime, which is a million miles away from the type of complaint one expects ITV executives will have in mind for successful telly.

Rinder is also a fitness freak, with a particular penchant for marathons, having nailed the London and New York as well as the Swiss Alpine versions. At least he should be able to outrun any aggrieved litigants.

The full advert can be found here.


Lawyer O'Lawyer

Is this the same Rob Rinder who had Benedict Cumberbatch officiate his wedding? They look remarkably similar and there can’t be too many Rob Rinders knocking about!


Niteowl Attorney

I don’t know, but I know that no one can beat Judge Joe Brown. He’ll always be the King of Daytime TV Arbitrators.

But as for getting your own show, congratulations to you.

Q: What’s the difference between Judge Judy and Judge Rinder?

A: One is a judge in the US, the other is a TV “judge” in an impoverished island dependency of the US.



LOL at the last line – obvious bait for those who want to feed the troll.



Ohhhh yes the same one



I look forward to the UK version which I hope will not be so hyped. The NY Times did report recently that Judge Judy is shown in 132 countries. I like the program and find it interesting the differences between the US and UK in resolving issues. I am tiring of it now and feel it has shifted from purely legal issues to the personality of the Judge. The paper also stated that CBS makes $200m each year and the programme costs $10m a year to make. She works 52 days a year for a salary of $47m. Not bad…..I do not think Mr Rinder will see such sums….

I hope the programme is successful.


Alan Derrick

This will never match judge judy .


Annie Onimouse

I’m glad I don’t work at 2 Hare Court where barristers will now forever be identified as being in the same chambers as the TV Judge. In my opinion, pretty questionable judgment for a practicing criminal barrister to agree to do something like this. Couldn’t they have found an actual retired judge?

A classic example of the trouble with the public having no understanding that barristers are self employed and a chambers is not a firm.


Daniel Barnett

I, and doubtless other barristers, were approached about a year ago by an American production company who wanted to set up a rival programme to Judge Judy, filming in California for four months of the year. They said they were looking for a no-nonsense Simon Cowell type British barrister to be the judge.

Interestingly, the initial information said that the barrister should be aware that they might need to find a new career if the programme did not succeed, as the publicity generated might make it difficult for the barrister to return to independent practice.

(And no, I didn’t apply!)


B. B. Balls

They could have picked somebody better, such as this young lass.

She appears to have a lot of time on her hands.

B. B. Balls



Judge Judy is actually relatively informative from a legal perspective, as it does at least inform the daytime TV audience about basic principles of contract law and duties of care. I had a lot of free time on my BVC and so developed a passing acquaintance with the show…

There’s another show – Judge Mathis – which is terrible. The introduction for each case is a whole load of irrelevant salacious details about the parties’ relationship, which is delved into further by the judge who dispenses pearls of wisdom about their lives, before ordering one to contribute towards the other’s electricity bill or something equally mundane.

The format definitely has the potential to be both informative and entertaining – let’s hope the producers strike the balance right.


Juan Pertayta

My money’s on Cash in the Attic in the ratings battle.


Alan Derrick

I agree



God help us



What a joke! I do hope the majority of barristers in the UK are not like ‘Judge’ “cough” Rinder.



Worst tv show i’ve seen in a long time. More Judge Judy please, no more of this guy.





Alan Derrick

I agree more Judge Judy


Gill Mcginness

how old is robert rinder


Nick Best

How does this exhibition – part drag-act-out-of-drag and part condescending shit – help to demolish the Law’s image as unfriendly and inaccessible to ordinary people and closed to all but the ‘in-on-it agents of the privileged rich (the Bar). Rinder serves Rinder – and it will.



The most fake pile of crap I have ever seen, Jeremy Kyle tripe. Please leave it to Judge Judy, the original and one and only, trying to copy her is very embarrassing to watch.


Alan Derrick

I’m sorry to say but this new show will never match up to Judge Judy . She has been running for many years and still running we shall see how long Judge Rinder runs for maybe one series its so bad and he is so rude there is no need for it. He is trying to copy Judy in which he will never be as good as Judy. Judge Judy Rules



We’ll I think he’s ace love the show



How old is he? Is he a judge? If not how can he call himself one, and, if he is, where did he sit? Which court rooms and which cases has he tried?



Is he gay he’s very camp and says he is married and wears a gold wedding band but i have a feeling he will be married to a man, he is now where near anything like our Judy and never will be insulting people it appears he’s only there to get a laugh from the people he’s an entertainer not sure on the judge bit he’s crap but i do like the cases that are heard funny as it is but he will never ever beat judge judy



I am beginning to like Judge Rinder. Unfortunately he has not had some of the crackpots Judge Judy deals with. The nut cases make Judge Judy’s programme so perhaps we will see something similar with Judge Rinder? Hope so. Does it matter that people think he is gay? So what?


Frank Marshall

I’ve never watched anything like this before but, embarrassingly, I do find it quite entertaining. Judge Rinder does act as if he’s somewhat camp and also seems to be running out of quips. He is now in the area of repitition. Someone like Clive Anderson would have been a better choice with his natural, original wit and repartee.

I’m not sure how genuine this show is. If it truly represents small courts then our justice system is rather flaky…..I mean, like, he don’t even like allow the claimant or defendant to like say anything in their interest except when it like suits Bobby Rinder…Innit? Tcchhh!

Still, it’s quite fun.

Waiting to be judged……I’m 70……



I and my son are loving Judge Rinder; he makes us really laugh, this is briilliant camp entertainment and very informative.
Well done!!!!!!


Darren Thomas

Less of the sneering perhaps – it comes across as jealousy. It’s top entertainment – low brow perhaps but I adore him. It’s a new show – it can only get better. It’s already teaching Latin. Caveat emptor !


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