- Judge Judy once told a defendant, who was accused of bullying, that she believed the plaintiff because a kid wouldn't go in front of a bunch of people and embarrass herself by saying that someone was calling her 'stupid' and other nasty names if it didn't happen. Also, in two separate cases, she told off the bullies and their guardians, said that they needed to be taught right from wrong, and that they should treat others like they would like to be treated. If you think she's intimidating enough at regular strength, you do not want to see her in Mama Bear mode — and you will if she thinks you have abused or are abusing a weaker person than yourself.
- In one case, the defendant was a heroin addict and clearly suffering from the effects in the courtroom. Rather than reprimand him, Judge Judy told him to get help and offered her assistance if he needed it.
- There was one case in which a mother was suing her adult son for loans she used to help him. She helped buy a car for him (that was later repossessed) and pay back for money that he was accused of stealing at work. He was a 25 year old who dropped out of High School and kept changing jobs every month. He would make excuses for why he didn't have to pay the stuff back (car was gone so he didn't have to pay anymore or he didn't ask her to help). The mother was clearly broken up over having to do this and Judge Judy gave the son a tongue lashing about how he is an adult and should act like one. While the case was pretty typical, it was the end where they were interviewing the two outside of court. The mother was crying and wished that she just had her son back, the two hugged and the son admitted that he will try to be a better person.
Heartwarming / Judge Judy