It says in CH"M Siman 9 that it is forbidden for a Dayan to take a shochad (bribe.) What about if a particular Dayan is dealing with a case between Reuvan and Shimon that they both want to give the Dayan $500 each. Is this still called a "shochad" (bribe) if he is receiving the same amount of money from each side of the case?
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R' Herschel Schachter was quoted in an interview with Ami Magazine, lamenting how Batei Din often (mal)function (emphasis mine):