People's Court Summary

  • People's Court is 2 hours long
  • 6 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened October 1, 1980
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • Syndicated Daytime Television Court Show
  • TV Broadcast

The People's Court is a television court show that features ordinary people who have grievances in civil court mediated by Judge Marilyn Milian.

People's Court Broadcast Time

In the New York area, The People's Court airs 3 – 4 pm on FOX 5. The show has a second run at 12 noon – 1pm on WWOR My 9. The People's Court TV show is syndicated to the domestic United States. The show is also broadcasted in Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands.

The state of Texas has the most broadcast stations in the Union that air this show. Nineteen of their stations carry the show during daytime TV scheduling. The show is sold to foreign television markets including France, Belgium, Italy, etc.

People's Court Background

Judge Milian's 'supporting cast' on People's Court includes the court reporter, which is currently Curt Chaplin, the bailiff which is Douglas Macintosh and the lawyer and legal expert, Harvey Levin of TMZ fame. On the show, many viewers do not realize that the "outside" shots of Harvey Levin are shot at an entirely different time and location than the show - the show is shot in Connecticut and Harvey Levin's public reaction shots are taped in Times Square in New York City, over 40 miles away. This would explain why there is no back and forth between Levin and his cast. Audience members hoping to meet Levin will be disappointed as he does not visit the studio and is primarily based in Los Angeles.

Marilyn Milian serves as the current judge on The People's Court

People's Court is not a judicial court at all. When litigants go on the show, they are consenting to what is known as "binding arbitration," with the judge acting as the arbiter over the case. The "court room" in People's Court, where the action takes place, is just a television set to add to the drama to the show. The litigants are paid an appearance fee of $250 so even the court show "losers" get to take something home.

The People's Court has been delivering reality television to viewers for over three decades beginning with the no-nonsense Judge Joseph Wapner in September 1981. Doug Llewelyn was the court reporter who summarized each case at the end of the show. The first version was based in Los Angeles and ran until June 1993. A team of researchers canvas courts across the country in search of the most compelling, unique and entertaining cases. The litigants all agree to have their disputes settled on "The People's Court." The decisions, based on current law, are final and binding.

Judge Wapner's original "The People's Court" ran from September 1981 before being cancelled in June of 1993. In 1997, the show was resurrected and production was moved to New York City. The first judge on the bench was former NYC mayor, Ed Koch. Two years later, Jerry Sheindlin, husband of Judge Judy, took over the courtroom. In 2001 Judge Marilyn Milian took over the bench and is still dispensing justice on the Emmy award winning program. In 2012 the show moved the studio to its current location in Stamford, Connecticut.

Judge Milian is joined by in-court reporter Curt Chaplin, affectionally known as "the hallway guy" who interviews litigants after each decision. The bailiff, Douglas McIntosh, assists Milian in maintaining courtroom order. Harvey Levin serves as the series' host and legal reporter. Levin takes the show to the people by polling viewers who watch the cases via monitor.

The People's Court was previously taped at NEP Studio 5th Avenue A in New York City. The show moved to the Stamford Connecticut studio in 2012

People's Court Notes

Free Bus Ride From NYC - No Longer Provided

The External Production Company used to provide a free bus ride from New York City for this show but the company no longer provides the free ride. You must drive yourself to CT to see any taping. The free bus would only be at East 57th street at 8:30 AM and returned at 5PM for Tuesday shows.

Noteworthy Dates for this TV Show:

First Life (Seasons 1–12) October 1980 - June 1993

Filmed in Hollywood, CA

Second Life (Seasons 13–26) September 1997 - October 2002

Filmed in New York City, NY

Third Life (Seasons 27 - Present) 2002 - Present

Filmed in Stamford, Connecticut

Connecticut Film Center

300 Stillwater Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
Directions: Take Metro North from Grand Central (45 min's) and take a cab from Stamford station to the Connecticut Film Center. It is about a seven minute cab ride and the cost is about $15. The taxi stand is just outside the train station next to the parking garage and is busy 24 hours a day. Separate entrance around the back of the CFC at 300 Stillwater Avenue building. Show signage will direct you.
Studio Information

People's Court Ticket Information

The tapings can last up to eight hours with a 1 hour lunch break where lunch is provided by the production team. Each People's Court show takes about two hours to tape. You can get tickets directly from the show. Free tickets to be in the audience of The People's Court TV Show. No transportation to the studio is provided.The advantage of getting tickets direct from the show is that you can leave at the end of a segment of the show taping, you dont have to stay for the whole day.

Get Paid $70 To See This Show:

You will get paid $70 per day per person in cash to see this show. On-Set Productions is an external production company that will pay you attend this show. You cannot leave this show and must stay to the very end to get paid. Only persons signed up through their organization will be paid. Attendees who get tickets directly from the show are not paid

People's Court Show Schedule

The show tapes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. They tape three shows a day and have both morning and afternoon sessions that begin at 10AM and 2PM. The taping of the third show is often filmed in the morning and the concluding half in the afternoon.

Cast Members

Judge
Marilyn Milian
Court Reporter
Curt Chaplin
Bailiff
Douglas Macintosh
Legal Expert and Lawyer
Harvey Levin

Past Cast Members

Judge
Joseph Wapner
Judge
Ed Koch
Judge
Jerry Sheindlin

Producers

Executive Producers:

Stu Billett

David Scott

Supervising Producer:

Philip Vandervort

Senior Producer:

Michele Eppolito

Producers:

Theresa Milana

Kathryn Posch

Segment Producers:

Monique Gallo

Laura Malara

Kristi Nuzzo

Lori Mooney

Katie Ferguson

Production Credits

Production
Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Productions

Creative Team

Director
Kit Carson
Audio Supervisor
Jason Been
Sound Mixer
Jonathan Paz
Film Editor
Jamie W. Billett
Theme Music
Melissa Lasalla
Theme Music
Alan Tew