The verdict is in.
Judge Judy Sheindlin is set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Daytime Emmy Awards.
Sheindlin, a 76-year-old Brooklyn native known for her no-nonsense approach in the courtroom, will be the first person from the courtroom/legal genre to be honored with the award.
Her “Judge Judy” show has been on the air since 1996.
The National Academy of Television Art & Sciences has yet to officially announce Sheindlin as the recipient, but Entertainment Tonight broke the news on Tuesday. The announcement reportedly will be made on Wednesday.
“The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize both the excellence and vibrant diversity of daytime television programming,” NATAS President & CEO Adam Sharp told Entertainment Tonight. “Judge Judy Sheindlin epitomizes both, shaping one of the mainstay genres of our medium.”
Sheindlin received her law degree from New York Law School and began practicing law in Manhattan in 1965.
Her show has previously won three Daytime Emmy’s for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. During the 2017-18 season, her show averaged 10 million viewers per day.
Sheindlin has created other television programs like “Hot Bench,” a show where three judges hear a case and collaborate to reach a verdict. She has also penned several best-selling books
Despite her tough exterior in the courtroom, Sheindlin is heavily involved in philanthropy. She and her daughter, Nicole, started the work-based “Her Honor Mentoring” initiative to help young women explore career paths in 2006.