Created: Wed, 29 May 2013 04:19:00 EST
Updated: Thu, 30 May 2013 09:12:45 EST
Real justice returns on September 5, 2011 when the courtroom doors open on another season of "The People's Court." The honorable Judge Marilyn Milian returns to celebrate a decade of dockets on 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 original court show continues to be a leader in the court show genre. For the fourth consecutive year the show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. This May 2011, the show reached over five million women in the coveted 18 plus demographic. During the sweep, the court show tied for 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. "These cases are never about the money, they're about principle," Milian proclaims. "The People's Court" has been delivering reality television to viewers for over two decades.
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.