Street Court

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Street Court
Genre nontraditional court show
Created by Michael Mazzariello
Presented by Michael Mazzariello (a.k.a. Judge Mazz)
Starring Michael Mazzariello (a.k.a. Judge Mazz)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) American English
No. of seasons 1
Executive producer(s) Chris Strand[1]
Location(s) varies
Running time 30 minutes[2]
Production company(s) Strand Creative Group
Distributor Litton Entertainment
Original network Syndication
Original release September 21, 2009 – May 2010
External links

Street Court is a nontraditional court show syndicated for one season by Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina-based Litton Entertainment and hosted by Michael Mazzariello, also referred to as Judge Mazz. Unlike other courtroom shows, Street Court travels across the United States and holds court at the scene of the dispute.

Barter advertising sales were completely handed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution Advertising and Media Sales.[2]


Michael Mazzariello had developed the concept and was pointed to a manager through Nancy Grace during a commercial break in her talk show where he was a guest legal expert.[1] Two weeks later, they had a demo reel.[3] Mazzariello's pitch was "Just imagine a judge show where the judge goes to the location."[1]

Strand Creative Group signed on to produce the show. “Mazz in the Hood” and "Street Justice" were considered as show names. Justice was rejected as too "vigilante" and Mazz as too frivolous. About September 2009, Strand began filming Street Court.[1]

Street Court was cleared in 94% of its television markets[2] in the single season produced, and appeared to be well received. The show appeared to be popular in larger markets and especially so in New York, where WPIX aired the show in mid-afternoon.[1] Nevertheless, Litton choose not to renew Street Court after just one season (citing low ratings in other markets) and replaced the series in most of the markets with Judge Karen's Court, a new standard court room series presided over by Karen Mills-Francis, whose Judge Karen was canceled after one season.


Judge Mazz, a New York resident, is characterized by a strong Brooklyn accent[3] and introduced the term "huckalero".[1] Judge Mazz frequently uses it to describe alleged deception on the part of defendants, though he never explained on-air what huckalero means or where it originated. Judge Mazz ends every case with the quote, "That's my ruling, that's it."[1]

Judge Mazzariello was an experience attorney being ans Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn,[1] his founding of the nonprofit East New York Legal Services, and his role as Chief Prosecutor for the New York City Board of Education during the Giuliani administration. The City University of New York School of Law website cites him as an alum.

The East New York native worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn from 1990 to 1993 and chief prosecutor for the Board of Education from 1995 to 1998.


The Los Angeles Times reviewed Street Court and other court shows and gave the show 4 gavels out of 5, which only two received behind Judge Judy's 5 gavels.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Wilson, Michael (November 20, 2009). "‘Street Court,’ with Michael Mazzariello as Judge Mazz". The New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Litton's 'Street Court' Bows Sept. 21". September 9, 2009. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Wilkins, Jeff (October 3, 2009). "Brooklyn judge brings court TV justice to the streets". NY Daily News. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ Braxton, Greg (January 1, 2010). "Where's the justice? On daytime TV". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 5, 2017.