Jerry Sheindlin

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Jerry Sheindlin
Born Gerald Sheindlin
(1933-11-19) November 19, 1933 (age 82)
New York City, U.S.
Occupation Judge, television personality, author
Known for The People's Court (1999–2001)
Spouse(s) Judy Levy (1977–90; divorced, remarried 1991)

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 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.

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 in 1991. Together, they have 3 children — Gregory, Jonathan and Nicole, as well as Judy's two children from her first marriage, Jamie and Adam — and 13 grandchildren.[1] Dr. Jonathan A. Sheindlin is a retinal surgeon[2] and Greg, Adam and Nicole are lawyers.


  1. ^ Sheindlin, Judith; Josh Getlin. Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining. ISBN 0-06-017321-1. 
  2. ^ "Bio: Dr. Jonathan Sheindlin", NYU Langone Medical Center

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