Jerry Sheindlin

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Jerry Sheindlin
Judge of the New York Supreme Court
Personal details
Gerald Sheindlin

(1933-11-19) November 19, 1933 (age 85)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)Judge Judy Sheindlin
(m. 1977; div. 1990; m. 1990)
OccupationJudge, television personality, author, attorney
Known forThe People's Court and other shows including his wife's

Gerald "Jerry" Sheindlin (born November 19, 1933) is an American author and television personality. He was a short-lived judge on the television program The People's Court from 1999 to 2000 television season and most of the 2000–01 season before being replaced by Warner Bros. legend Judge Marilyn Milian. Before that, he served on the New York State Supreme Court. During his career on the bench, he authored 64 published opinions, including a 46-page opinion on the admission of DNA forensic evidence in a murder case. In October 1996, he heard and acquitted the Officer Francis Livoti case involving police misconduct following the death of Anthony Baez whilst serving as a trial judge under the New York Supreme Court. [1]

After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Sheindlin received a B.A. from Long Island University and a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, in 1959.

He is the author of two books, Genetic Fingerprinting: The Law and Science of DNA Evidence and Blood Trail.

During his tenure on The People's Court, his on-bench demeanor was somewhat less gruff and volatile than that of his wife. He displayed more humor and was straightforward, often registering mock indignation whenever litigants referred to him (as they sometimes did) as "Judge Judy's husband."

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Judy Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy (so named after her court TV series). The two married in 1977, a second marriage for both Judy and Jerry. They were later divorced in 1990 and remarried that same year. Sheindlin has 3 children (Gregory, Jonathan and Nicole), 2 stepchildren (Jamie and Adam Levy), and 13 grandchildren.[2] Jonathan A. Sheindlin is a retinal surgeon[3] and Greg, Adam and Nicole are lawyers.


  1. ^ Chronopoulos, Themis (2011). Spatial Regulation in New York City: From Urban Renewal to Zero Tolerance. United States: Routledge. pp. 161
  2. ^ Sheindlin, Judy; Josh Getlin. Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining. ISBN 0-06-017321-1.
  3. ^ "Bio: Dr. Jonathan Sheindlin" Archived January 14, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, NYU Langone Medical Center

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Preceded by
Ed Koch
Judge of The People's Court
September 13, 1999 – March 9, 2001
Succeeded by
Marilyn Milian