Judge Judy participates in streaming with ‘Judy Justice’ court show

“Judge Judy” continues to govern the syndicated assessments – in repeats – even when Judy Sheindlin debuts with her new court show, “Judy Justice”, premiering Monday (November 1) on Amazon Prime’s free streaming service, IMDb TV.

“Viewers can still catch me at 4 o’clock with my old hair,” Sheindlin, 79, told The Post. “And the last time I watched, ‘Judge Judy’ was the number one program in daytime television syndication. If we can get half of the 8 million viewers with us [to ‘Judy Justice’] it is fantastic.

“The truth is, I think my story, which I started 26 years ago after spending 40 years in family law, is still relevant.”

No argument there. Sheindlin moves into “Judy Justice”, not only with a huge, built-in fan base, but with new faces helping her in the courtroom – including her granddaughter, Sarah Rose, who becomes the series’ legal assistant. She is joined by stenographer Whitney Kumar and bailiff Kevin Rasco, a former detective who has worked with Sheindlin for a number of years.

“Whitney turned out to be a really wonderful find. She is talented and pleasant to look at and she has an optimistic personality and is so happy to be involved in a new adventure. She is married with a couple of children and has a wonderful husband, ”Sheindlin said. “Kevin has been my safety for years – every morning he came out and looked around to make sure there were no malicious people floating around who would hurt me – and he’s a pleasure to be around.

“He has a big smile on his face and is just lively and intelligent … he saw and listened for five or six years and he is excited about this new opportunity.”

Photo showing Judith Sheindlin with "Judy Justice" starring: Sarah Rose, Whitney Kumar and Kevin Rasco.
Judith Sheindlin with the “Judy Justice” crew (from left): associate attorney Sarah Rose, stenographer Whitney Kumar and bailiff Kevin Rasco. It premieres on Monday, November 1 on IMDb TV.

Sheindlin said she “instinctively knew” that her granddaughter Sarah, who will graduate from law school this spring, would be right for “Judy Justice.”

“Her aunt visited her and I said, ‘Let your aunt record you on tape and let her ask you questions. Sit in an official-looking chair and put on a black suit, this is not a bathing suit. [audition]said Sheindlin. “Then we decided [that] I wanted to ask her questions just so people at the other end could see that she is articulate, good looking, youthful… what do you want from a clerk on a [court] program. She was never afraid of the camera and she has become more comfortable. She even disagreed with a decision I made and I said, ‘I can see your side of the equation’, which is a big leap for me.

“She is a third generation lawyer in our family. She is smart and she has a little touch in her, which is perfect.”

Photo view "Judy Justice" Assistant Attorney Sarah Rose poses and smiles.
Sarah Rose is Judith Sheindlin’s granddaughter and associate attorney for “Judy Justice”.
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“Judy Justice” is filmed in LA (Culver City) and features a new, bright set. “I changed the cloak,” Sheindlin said. “I went to the colorboard and said, ‘What looks good on me? What will reflect the light on my face? And I also like the new collar [on the robe] is a little more modern. ”

“Judy Justice” premieres on IMDb TV with four episodes; new sections will be available every day of the week.

“It’s a new show [and] you can only do so much, ”she said. “If you go to a theater, you’re going to see comedy, drama, a ballet … you know what to expect, and when you go to a court show … you pretty much know what to expect. True enough, that’s it [the show’s] execution and its leader and who is presenting the case.

“It really is no different for me from what I’ve done, but people will be able to pick up their phones and iPads and stream it on the go. I honestly do not know what the future of daytime broadcasts is in the making. “There’s so much out there … but I just have the feeling that people are demanding that the entertainment come to them instead of the other way around.”

Sheindlin said she never considered retiring after leaving “Judge Judy” behind.

“To what? To what? I like to work. I find that my blood pressure is best when I work because I find it just as challenging to find something that gives you satisfaction, something to do if you still have energy, ”she said. “As long as I left ‘Judge Judy’ after a quarter of a century at the top, which I did… it just felt perfect, and so on to yet another adventure with a great company where I had another year to think about it.

“You really need to know when to say goodbye, but if you haven’t gotten that message yet and you love what you do, keep doing it.

“Why not?!”


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