Is Judge Judy a real judge?

She was a judge, but she retired. She is now a arbitrator, deciding legal cases that otherwise might have been settled in Civil Court. Other than returning misappropriated property, litigants on her TV show are not legally responsible for monetary awards she orders, as these are paid by the show.

Judge Judy (Judith Scheindlin) retired from public service in 1996, after 14 years, presiding over 20,000 cases as a judge in New York City. She is still a qualified attorney in the State of New York.