Judge Judy done after 25 years – but she has a new justice plan in the works

Television personality Judge Judy aka Judy Sheindlin. (Getty Images)
Television personality Judge Judy aka Judy Sheindlin. (Getty Images)

Just like Oprah Winfrey, the American judge Judy Sheindlin is ending her iconic daytime courtroom show, Judge Judy, after 25 seasons but is prepping a new show, Judy Justice, that will debut after her current one ends.

Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres, Judy revealed that her show, with season 18 seen in South Africa on e.tv and season 16 on CBS Reality (DStv 132) is ending in mid-2021 but that she's working on a new one that will start a year later.

"I've had a 25-year-long marriage with CBS Television Distribution, and it's been successful. Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilise the repeats of my programme because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years' worth of reruns. But I'm not tired, so Judy Justice will be coming out a year later."

Judy said, "I'm not tired. So Judy Justice will be coming out a year later. Judge Judy you'll be able to see next year, full year, all new shows. The following couple of years, you should be able to catch all the reruns that are currently carrying Judy, and Judy Justice will be going elsewhere. Isn't that fun?"


Judge Judy started in 1996 in the United States where it's the number one first-run programme in daytime syndication. It won Daytime Emmy Awards for best legal or courtroom show in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Judy sold her show's library to CBS in 2017 which also saw the show renewed until its 25th season which will now be the last.