It says in Choshen Mishpat Siman 9 that it is forbidden for a Dayan (judge) to take a shochad (bribe). What about if a particular Dayan is dealing with a case between Reuven and Shimon, both of whom want to give the Dayan $500 each. Is this still called a "shochad" if he is receiving the same amount of money from each side of the case?
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R' Hershel Schachter was quoted in an interview with Ami Magazine, lamenting how Batei Din often (mal)function (emphasis mine):
The Sm'a in that siman s.k. 2 says explicitly that it is not allowed even though the regular logic of bribery does not apply. He says to look at what he wrote in the Drisha. There he quotes a gemara in Ksuvos 105a which says taking bribery even in order to judge justly is assur. Tosafos and the Meiri there disallow the taking of money from both parties in the form of bribery. Taking from both parties in the form of payment for judgement would be a different issue, as brought in the Shulchan Aruch in that siman siff 5.