The Hot Bench Show
Hot Bench was extended for a second season on December 11, 2014. The show airs on TruTV in the United Kingdom, on Yes TV and in syndication in Canada. As of September 8, 2022, the show had produced 1,535 episodes. Michael Corriero, Tanya Acker, and Patricia DiMango serve as judges on the show. They judge on small-claims lawsuits before debating the merits of the case in chambers before reaching a decision. DiMango had served on the Supreme Court of Brooklyn, New York, before obtaining this seat. Corriero worked for the New York State court system. Before being chosen for the programme, Acker worked as an attorney. The panel acts as an arbitral tribunal, and the proceedings, like most televised court shows, are a form of binding arbitration in which the plaintiffs waive their actual lawsuit in exchange for appearing on the show.
For the first two seasons, DiMango and Acker were joined on the panel by attorney Larry Bakman. Bakman, on the other hand, announced his departure from Hot Bench in October 2016 to focus on his law practise. Corriero’s inaugural episode was slated for November 1, 2016, with series founder Judge Judy Sheindlin and her husband, former The People’s Court judge Jerry Sheindlin, serving as guest judges on the initial Halloween 2016 broadcasts.
What Happened To The Hot Bench Judges?
Judge Yodit Tewolde and Judge Rachel Juarez have joined the panel of the ninth season of the nationally syndicated courtroom series Hot Bench. They will join six-year Hot Bench veteran Judge Michael Corriero, who will remain on the show. Tewolde and Juarez, who will debut on October 31, replace Patricia DiMango and Tanya Acker, who left after last season to join Hot Bench creator Judith Sheindlin’s new Amazon Freevee Tribunal court show. Hot Bench will continue to feature a three-judge panel taking on genuine small claims cases from courthouses throughout the country in its ninth season.
“Judges Yodit Tewolde and Rachel Juarez bring an exciting new energy and a fresh, new dynamic to our series that viewers know and love,” said David Theodosopoulos, executive producer of Hot Bench. “Their diverse backgrounds and experiences are a beautiful complement to Michael, and I’m thrilled to welcome these strong, accomplished women to the bench.”
Why New Judges On Hot Bench?
Tewolde is a criminal defence attorney who created and operated her own firm, as well as a legal analyst who has hosted The Grio’s Making the Case, contributed to America’s Most Wanted, and anchored Court TV.
Juarez is a litigator who formerly handled civil litigation for large corporate clients before co-founding a family law firm that specialises in representing wealthy individuals in divorce and other family law matters. She was appointed as a Temporary Judge by the Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program.
Why Did The Judges Leave Hot Bench?
Corriero worked for the New York State Court for 28 years and was essential in implementing programmes to help young offenders. Hot Bench is the most watched syndicated court show in the original production, with approximately 2 million viewers on average. It is one of the top ten first-run syndicated shows, with 28% of its audience watching at least three times per week. Big Ticket Pictures and Queen Bee Productions are behind the Emmy-nominated show. CBS Media Ventures distributes it.
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