Smart, savvy and opinionated, the irrepressible Judge Judith Sheindlin continues to hold court.
IN A NUTSHELL
Having made a name for herself as a tough but fair judge in New York's Family Court, Judge Judith Sheindlin retired from the bench in 1996 to bring her trademark wisdom to the widely successful series that takes viewers inside a television courtroom where justice is dispensed at lightning speed.
Even as a child, Judge Judith Sheindlin seemed destined to pursue a legal career.
Studied: School of Government at American University in Washington, D.C & New York Law School
Started Practicing: Manhattan, 1965.
Big Break: As one of the most outspoken judges in the country, Judge Judith Sheindlin became the subject of a Los Angeles Times article in February 1993. The story caught the attention of "60 Minutes," leading to a segment on the popular news show.
Premiered: National syndication on September 16, 1996
Published: Don't Pee On My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining (1996) & Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever (1999)