Let's be honest: most judges who make court decisions on television are basically doing it for the money. Court room television shows only cover people who have personal disputes, not criminal disputes, as a judge can't decide such things without a jury. All of these court room decisions are made within the format of a 30 minute television show and all of the judges are paid like stars of a TV show, making these judges more wealthy then they would ever be, even if they were one of the top judges in the country. Check out these TV judges listed below, but don't cower in fear if you see them in public. Grab an autograph instead.

Judge Judy. One of the most well-known TV judges, Judge Judy has been on television the longest and may be one of the most successful TV judges out there. This is because she tells it like it is with the charm of a lovable grandma. She also has the paychecks to prove her success, since she has been in syndication for years.

Judge Joe Brown. Judge Joe Brown has an urban, street style to his way of speaking to people in his courtroom, making him very entertaining and keeping his show on the air with solid ratings. He loves to tell people to "be a man about it."

Judge Greg Mathis. Judge Greg Mathis takes a page from Judge Joe Brown's book, as he is from Detroit and used to be a criminal himself. His outrageous antics in the courtroom make it pretty clear he is more of an entertainer than an actual judge.

Judge Hatchett. A different kind of court room show, Judge Hatchett is obviously playing to the camera because you can hear her reading a script for the moral message her show is meant to convey. Trying to teach a universal lesson through justice of the courts is a bit contrived isn't it?

Judge David Young. Judge David Young's initial claim to fame was that he was the first gay TV judge, making it more-than-obvious he was taking advantage of his own character to attain fame and fortune. This attempt to draw viewers is a bit pitiful, which is why his was one of the worst court room shows ever.

Judge Marilyn Milian. Judge Marilyn Milian uses her Cuban heritage to try and get attention on her courtroom show, which is how she got a courtroom show in the first place. That said, she is pretty funny to watch as angry Latinas sentence people better then anyone else.