Jerry Sheindlin Biography

(Judge, TV Personality)

Birthday: November 19, 1933 (Scorpio)

Born In: New York City, USA

Gerald “Jerry” Sheindlin is an American judge, author, and television personality who became popular for the television programs ‘The People's Court’, ‘Entertainment Tonight’, and ‘Biography’. As a short-lived judge on ‘The People's Court’, he quickly gained a reputation for being gentle and soft-spoken yet straightforward and full of humor. He spent two years on the program before he stepped down and was replaced by Judge Marilyn Milian.During his tenure on ‘The People's Court’, he was often referred to as the husband of Judge Judy, as some believe that his wife was more popular than him on the show. However, he displayed humor and mocked indignation whenever litigants called him "Judge Judy's husband." Before joining the television program, Jerry had served on the New York State Supreme Court, and during his tenure on the bench, he had written more than 64 published opinions, including a 46-page opinion on the admission of DNA forensic evidence in a murder case.He has also authored two books, ‘Genetic Fingerprinting: The Law and Science of DNA Evidence’ and ‘Blood Trail’. As a defense attorney, he spent 22 years as a partner in Adlerberg & Sheindlin, and was involved in trials of criminal cases.
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Also Known As: Gerald Sheindlin

Age: 90 Years, 90 Year Old Males


Spouse/Ex-: Judy Sheindlin (m. 1991), Judy Sheindlin (m. 1977–1990)

children: Gregory Sheindlin, Jonathan Sheindlin, Nicole Sheindlin

Judges American Men

Notable Alumni: Long Island University

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Long Island University, Brooklyn Law School

A professionally qualified lawyer, Jerry Sheindlin was a partner in the law firm Adlerberg & Sheindlin for 22 years as a defense attorney, and mostly handled criminal cases. In 1980, he was appointed a United States Administrative Law Judge, and he held the post for two years. In 1983, he was appointed a Criminal Court Judge in the City of New York by then-Mayor Ed Koch, who was the ex-jurist of ‘The People's Court’.
Judge Sheindlin was then promoted to the New York State Supreme Court in 1986, a post which he held till he retired in 1999. During his judicial career, he authored more than 64 published judicial opinions, and wrote a number of legal articles and two books, including ‘Blood Trail’ and ‘Genetic Fingerprinting.’
He joined the TV program ‘The People's Court’ as the presiding judge in September 1999 in its third season, and brought with him 40 years of legal experience. It is an American arbitration-based reality court show and ranks as the second-longest running courtroom series in history. Coming to his other TV appearances, in 1981, Jerry Sheindlin had been featured in ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ a syndicated entertainment newsmagazine, launched the same year. He had also appeared in ‘Biography’, a documentary television series, in 1987.
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Personal Life
Jerry Sheindlin was born on November 19, 1933, in New York City, USA. A native of the Bronx, he joined the Navy in 1951 during the Korean War, and his life in the Navy turned him around. He attended Long Island University, and was initially on probation as he had low high school grades. But in the university, he excelled and earned ‘A’s, and completed his studies in two and a half years. He also attended Brooklyn Law School and received his J.D. in 1959.
In 1977, he married writer and actress Judy, who is popularly known as ‘Judge Judy’, named after her court TV series. It was a second marriage for both of them. They divorced in 1990 and remarried in 1991. Sheindlin has three children and two step-children—Gregory, Jonathan, Nicole, Jamie, and Adam. He also has 13 grandchildren. While Jonathan A. Sheindlin is a retinal surgeon, Gregory, Adam, and Nicole are lawyers.

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