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Moral Court

Moral Court
Created by Stu Billett
Starring Larry Elder
Vivian Guzman
Russell Brown(II)
Country of origin USA
Producer(s) Harvey Levin
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Original channel Syndication
Original release October 2, 2000 – September 28, 2001

Moral Court is a nontraditional court show that is hosted by opinionated Larry Elder, and originally ran from 2000 to 2001.[1]

The program had the same concept as a legality court show however the cases were based on opinion based ethics and morality judged by Elder with the winner of the case leaving with a cash prize. The judge decides after hearing the case who is morally right and how much to award. If he finds one party to be merely wrong, he'll award a $500 cash prize. If he finds it to be a more serious moral problem, he terms it offensive, and awards a $1,000 cash prize. If he finds it to be extremely bad, he terms it outrageous, and awards the show's maximum judgment, a $2,000 cash prize. The judge could also dismiss the case if he finds both parties to be wrong. After every case on Moral Court, court reporter/interviewer Vivian Guzman would ask both parties a few questions and let them say their opinion on the outcome of the case. Out of all other court shows on television to this day, Moral Court was the only court show that dealt with ethics and morality rather than legality, hence why the parties were not referred to as the "Plaintiff" and "Defendant", but rather, the "Accuser" and the "Accused". The cases on the show would generally not be taken in a legal court. Moral Court received bad reviews and low ratings, resulting in the show not being renewed for a second season. The show was distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and produced by Stu Billett Production Inc. The show was created by Stu Billett, who also co-created The People's Court.

While the show's first run was relatively short, it has seen continued life in syndicated reruns. Moral Court was seen in several markets in late 2005/early 2006, nearly five years after it ended production, and across the country on ION Television in reruns from April to June 2007. It was also shown on AOL's In2TV Internet service.


  • Larry Elder - Host and Judge
  • Vivian Guzman - Court Reporter and Interviewer
  • Russell Brown(II) - Bailiff


  1. ^ New York Daily News

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