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Q: “I’ve had people tell me they enjoy watching Judge Judy because she’s ‘tough’ and ‘tells it like it is.’ Am I allowed to act more like Judge Judy in my courtroom?”

January 22nd, 2017|

A: Judge Judy (Judith Sheindlin) was a New York City criminal court judge for four years and later a family court judge for another 10. But she’s a long way from a courtroom today. She dispenses her justice in a TV studio made up to look like a courtroom. Her role is actually that of arbiter.