Gerald "Jerry" Sheindlin (born November 19, 1933) is an American author, television personality, jurist and attorney.
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 Judge 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.
In October 1996, he heard and acquitted the Officer Francis Livoti case involving police misconduct following the death of Anthony Baez whilst serving as a trial judge under the New York Supreme Court.After serving in the Army during the Korean War, Sheindlin received a B.A.
from Long Island University and a J.D.
from Brooklyn Law School, in 1959.
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."