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* CaliforniaDoubling: The entire show has UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} touches around it, such as scenic footage of New York, the New York state seal and flag on the set, and goes more by the New York law books for their arbitration. However, the show is taped at the Sunset Bronson Studios in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, and Judy flies in from the East Coast to tape a cluster of shows at a time several times a season.
* CastTheExpert: Though she's not acting as a sitting judge on the show, Judith Sheindlin is a member of the New York bar and really did spend many years as a judge.
* RealitySubtext: A side effect of the above CaliforniaDoubling was revealed in a 2008 episode when an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN-jNUz2RjM earthquake struck during filming]].
* RetroactiveRecognition: 1970s GameShow fans may recognize announcer Jerry Bishop from ''Series/TheCrossWits'', while 1980s child viewers may instead recognize him for announcing various promos on the Creator/DisneyChannel.

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