Judy Sheindlin

American court show arbitrator, media personality, television producer

American court show arbitrator and media personality, Source: Google

The stage name of the American court show arbitrator, media personality, television producer, author, and philanthropist for women’s rights Judith Susan Sheindlin is Judge Judy. She was a former prosecutor as well as a judge for the Manhattan family court.

Judy Sheindlin| Early Life, Education, and Family

Judy Susan Blum, the judge, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her married name is Judy Sheindlin. She left James Madison High School and enrolled at American University in Washington, DC.

Judy calls her mother “a meat and potatoes kind of gal” and refers to her father as “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” She is one of three siblings.

After completing her BA in government at American University, Judge Judy began her legal career at Washington College of Law, where she was the only female in her class of 126 students. Her legal education was later completed at New York Law School.


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How Did She Start Her Career In Law?

After passing the bar examination in 1965, she was immediately hired as a corporate attorney for a cosmetics company. Judy left her job after two years since she didn’t enjoy it in order to take care of her two kids.

She began her 17-year career in family court as a prosecutor in 1972. She later attained the roles of a judge in the criminal court and supervisory judge in the New York family court system.


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Moreover, Judy was featured in stories in the Los Angeles Times and on “60 Minutes” and was noted for her no-nonsense demeanor and “rough” judging approach.

In 1996, she published the book “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining,” and shortly after, after hearing more than 20,000 cases, she decided to retire.

The Judge Judy Show

Judy was approached to take part in a real courtroom show that would involve actual cases with actual verdicts after the 60 Minutes segment made her famous.


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She agreed to the bargain, and on September 16, 1996, she appeared on “Judge Judy,” which has since become the most-watched court program on television.

The 24th season of the show came to an end in September 2019. The program routinely draws 10 million viewers each day. In terms of daytime viewers in 2009, “Judge Judy” outperformed. The Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time in ten years.

Moreover, in March 2015, CBS decided to extend Judge Judy’s contract for a further four seasons; it was originally supposed to finish in the 2020–2021 season.


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Judge Judy announced the conclusion of the series at that point on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” in March 2020. In 2022, Judy Justice, a brand-new program now in development, will premiere.

Other Media Appearances

Judge Judy has participated in several talk shows, TV shows, and news interviews over the course of her career.

She has appeared on a variety of TV shows, such as “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The View,” “Larry King Live,” “The Tonight Show,” “20/20,” “Dateline NBC,” and more.

Judy abruptly ended Cheri Oteri’s portrayal of her on “Saturday Night Live” in October 1998. In 1999, Judy served as one of the judges for the Miss America pageant.

The Biography Channel ran a documentary about her titled “Judge Judy: Sitting in Judgment” on February 21, 2000. It spanned her entire life, starting with her earliest years.

Moreover, Judge Judy went into great depth on little-known, humorous anecdotes about her life and career in a two-hour interview with Katie Couric for the Archive of American Television in 2013.

Personal Life and Relationships

Judy married Ronald Levy in 1964, and he went on to become a well-known prosecutor in juvenile courts.

Their twins Jamie Hartwright and Adam Levy were born after they moved to New York. Sadly, after 12 years of marriage, Judy and Ronald got divorced in 1976.

In 1978, she wed Judge Jerry Sheindlin. He worked as The People’s Court’s arbitrator from 1999 to 2001. In part as a result of Judy’s stress and troubles following the death of her father that same year, they separated in 1990.

They got remarried in 1993. She has 13 grandchildren in total, including her three stepchildren Gregory, Jonathan, and Nicole Sheindlin. Furthermore, Jonathan is a retinal surgeon, and Greg and Nicole are lawyers.


Randy Douthit’s ex-wife Patrice Jones filed the complaint against Sheindlin in March 2013. Jones said that Sheindlin and Douthit had collaborated to allow Sheindlin to obtain Jones’s fine china and Marley cutlery.

Sheindlin is currently being sued for $514,421 after the woman claimed that Sheindlin had bought the items from Douthit for $50,815 without her knowledge in an effort to steal her assets.

The dispute was settled outside of court after Sheindlin gave Douthit the dinnerware, and Jones agreed to give him $12,500 in exchange for getting the silverware back.

On March 12, 2014, Sheindlin sued John Haymond and his law firm in Hartford, Connecticut. Sheindlin alleged in the lawsuit that Haymond and his company had inappropriately used her television image in advertisements that gave the impression that she was endorsing them.

Sheindlin’s producer allegedly told the business in March 2013 that using her image was illegal, yet commercials were nonetheless made.

What is Judge Judy’s Net Worth and Salary?

Judge Judy, also known as Judith Sheindlin, is an American family court judge and television personality with a $440 million net worth.

Judy is one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world. At the height of the success of her syndicated show, she earned $47 million annually.

Moreover, her yearly salary was $15 million in 2005. Furthermore, she renegotiated her new contract in 2010, and the outcome was an annual salary of about $50 million.

Judge Judy’s Net Worth History

  • 2009 – $50 million
  • 2010 – $75 million
  • 2011 – $130 million
  • 2012 – $150 million
  • 2013 – $230 million
  • 2014 – $250 million
  • 2015 – $300 million
  • 2016 – $320 million
  • 2017 – $350 million
  • 2018 – $380 million
  • 2019 – $400 million
  • 2020 – $420 million
  • 2021 – $430 million
  • 2022 – $440 million

Real Estate

Judy Sheindlin’s opulent real estate holdings are likely worth more than $100 million on their own.

Her primary residence is a $13 million seaside home in Naples, Florida, for tax purposes. In Naples, she also has another property worth $11 million.

Judy and Jerry also own a nine-bedroom house in Greenwich, Connecticut, which they purchased in 2007 for $13.2 million. This 12.5-acre property is now probably worth more than $20 million.

A five-bedroom Beverly Hills condo cost them $10.7 million in 2013. They own an apartment in New York City worth $8.5 million. Furthermore, In August 2018, Judy and Jerry spent $9 million to purchase a home in Newport, Rhode Island.

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Body Measurements

Judy Sheindlin weighs 55 kg and stands 5 feet 1 inch tall.  Sheindlin has light brown hair and dark brown eyes.

Social Media

Instagram: 38.6K followers

Twitter: 4,200 Followers


Who is Judge Judy’s closest buddy?

I first met my dear friend Cindy Adams through our pets many years ago. I was asked if I could assist one of her clients who had a dog that she was unable to teach by our shared banker a nearby Chemical Bank

Has Judge Judy suffered a stroke?

The 79-year-old celebrity reportedly began “asking questions in slow motion,” which prompted producers to dial 911. Judy said: “Turned out to be I was fine.”

Are the decisions made by Judge Judy legally binding?

The parties to the case sign a contract before the judge renders her decisions, preventing them from being changed afterward, so Judge Judy’s decisions are still legally binding. Judge Judy can act more freely as an arbitrator because there are fewer rules to follow than in a courtroom.

Quick Facts:

  • Date Of Birth: 21 October 1942
  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
  • Birth Name: Judith Susan Blum
  • Nickname: Judy
  • Zodiac Sign: Libra
  • Occupation: Lawyer, Judge, Television personality, Author, Arbitrator
  • Nationality: American
  • Race/Ethnicity: White
  • Religion: Jewish
  • Hair Color: Light Brown
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Father: Murray Blum
  • Mother: Ethel Blum
  • Spouse/Husband: Jerry Sheindlin (m. 1991), Jerry Sheindlin (m. 1977–1990), Ronald Levy (m. 1964–1976)
  • Children: Jamie Hartwright, Gregory Sheindlin, Jonathan Sheindlin, Nicole Sheindlin, Adam Levy



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