Judge Judy Sheindlin,Vice-President of UCD Law Society

This afternoon, the Law Society of University College Dublin will bestow a Vice-Presidency of their society on Judge Judy Sheindlin, former US  family court judge, and star of afternoon television in this country and in many other countries across the world.


Judge Judy Sheindlin arrives in Dublin. Image from 98 fm

One of the many millions all over the world who tuned in to her shows was my father. He died on Easter Monday in 2006.  Because it was Easter Monday he almost has two anniversaries – the Holiday itself and the actual date of  April 18th.  He is therefore very much in mind in the period between these two dates.  He was an avid fan of Judge Judy  – her humour, her wit, her decisiveness  and common sense, so she was compulsive viewing each afternoon while he lived here in Limerick. I can still see him slapping his thigh in glee when she found in favour of his own verdict!  He spoke so highly of her – as though she were a personal friend and how she always did ‘the right thing’! How thrilled he would have been to hear this news about the honour bestowed on Judge Judy in Ireland! This little post is in tribute to the many hours of entertainment that he enjoyed, and to the many hours of entertainment that she provided  – for him and many like him across the world.



Filed under Living in Ireland, My Oral History

8 responses to “Judge Judy Sheindlin,Vice-President of UCD Law Society

  1. Ha! Fair play to her, I’ve been known to watch a bit myself and I have never, ever, believed her to be wrong. Not her fault the guilty eejits sign up to be televised! She IS what a Judge should be, fair and impartial. The fact she gets to tell people to shut up and stop lying is just icing on her cake!
    I’ve heard that people I know are giving out about this, but you know what? Your dad’s opinion holds a lot more weight for me.

    • Well you are so right – I was not a fan myself, but Dad was a man of great integrity and honesty with a good sense of fairness. I think he saw that reflected in the Judge Judy programmes. Her shockingly abrupt and honest interjections added to the fun! Thanks for dropping by!

      • It’s rare that anyone in a position of power is allowed to speak honestly – and she could, and did! She did it well, too.
        Oh, I put up a post a while back just for you, about the dogeen (Dog’s day out) We were at Moore Hall, but I haven’t told where the pics were taken on my blog yet. um…Don’t look at my newest post, big ol’ Siamese in that one 🙂

  2. My other half was a great fan… I did like her no nonsense attitude…. but haven’t watched in a long time. I hope they don’t expect a quiet Vice President as I doubt she would ever be that. It will be interesting to follow.

    • I am not sure that I have ever seen a full episode and it has not been in my house for 7 years now, but I do appreciate that many do love the programme. I am not sure that the Vice-Presidency is anything more than honorary, so hopefully she will continue to be ‘non-quiet’!
      Thanks for dropping in – much appreciated! A

  3. Thanks for introducing me to Judge Judy but more than that thanks for giving me that great image of your father ‘slapping his thigh in glee’ in appreciation of her.

  4. What a lovely memory of your father Angela and how wonderful that he got such pleasure from her show.
    Personally I did find her amusing and entertaining but am still wondering if a Judge, in the USA, does actually speak to people in this way or is this just another one of those fabricated reality TV shows? I say this because, in my experience, this sort of judicial behaviour would never be seen here in a South Australian Court of Law. Hmmm… I wonder?

    • I think Catherine, it is a TV programme, starring a former judge – and as such is probably far removed from reality!
      He enjoyed it – I was never a fan myself, but I loved how he loved it !

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