Let the confetti fall! On September 9, 2013 the courtroom doors open for the 30th Anniversary season of “The People’s Court.” The honorable Judge Marilyn Milian bangs the gavel on the bench in the courtroom series that launched the entire court show genre. Milian continues to render verdicts and dispense legal insight in the courtroom where justice and reality collide.
“The People’s Court,” the first popular long-running reality show continues to be a leader in the judicial genre. Each week the show reaches nearly four million women in the coveted 18 plus demographic and nearly eight million total viewers. During the May 2013 sweep, the court show ranked number two in the genre with the sought-after women 25-54 demo.
“The People’s Court,” produced by Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Productions (the producers of the original series which ran for 12 years), draws on ordinary people who have filed grievances in civil court and have opted to have their cases heard and mediated by Judge Milian. An experienced team of researchers continually canvas courts across the country in search of the most compelling, unique and thought-provoking cases. Running the gamut from disputes between neighbors and family members, to dissatisfied customers suing businesses, Milian’s decisions – based on current law – are final and binding. “The People’s Court” has been delivering reality television to viewers for three decades. “It is quite a milestone when you add the numbers up. Over the past thirty years we have processed over 50,000 litigants and witnesses through ‘The People’s Court’ system,” Executive Producer David Scott proclaims.
Judge Marilyn Milian brings over 19 years of legal experience to the bench. Milian was appointed to the Miami Circuit Court in 1999 by Governor Jeb Bush, where she served in the Criminal Division. Prior to that, she spent five years in the Miami County Court in the Domestic Violence, Criminal and Civil divisions. She was appointed to the County Court by then-Governor Lawton Chiles. Before serving in the County Court, Milian worked for 10 years as an Assistant State Attorney for the Dade County State Attorney’s Office, personally hired by Janet Reno.
Joining Milian is multiple Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter Harvey Levin, who serves as the series’ host and legal reporter. In addition to introducing the cases to viewers, Levin literally takes “The People’s Court” to the people by polling viewers who watch the cases via monitor. These viewers’ spirited comments and debates regarding the cases and Milian’s decisions are then incorporated into the show. An attorney and law professor, Levin also examines and explains the legal issues and precedents introduced in the cases.
In-court reporter Curt Chaplin and court officer Douglas McIntosh assist Judge Milian in the courtroom. Chaplin interviews litigants after a decision has been rendered in their cases. As court officer, McIntosh helps Milian in maintaining courtroom order, as well as acting as an intermediary between the Judge and the litigants.
“The People’s Court” is a Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Production and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.