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Joseph A. Wapner

TV Court Judge

Joseph Wapner on Ralph Edwards and Stu Billett approaching him about doing a television show (The People's Court)

03:19

When 'The People's Court' came along, I had an opportunity to really teach people about law. It was very important to me.

About this interview

In his nearly two-hour Archive interview, Judge Joseph A. Wapner discusses his twelve-year tenure as the presiding judge on the landmark syndicated series The People's Court. He talks about the start of the series, some memorable cases, and reaction to the show's success. He offers his opinion of the role of a judge and the part that The People's Court had in educating the public about the law. Wapner also talks about his career as a lawyer and later as a judge for the Los Angeles Municipal and Superior Court. He describes his later courtroom series Animal Court (for the Animal Planet cable network) as well as other television appearances he has made through the years (including a memorable case he judged between David Letterman and Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson). Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Century City, CA on July 11, 2005.

When 'The People's Court' came along, I had an opportunity to really teach people about law. It was very important to me.

Interview Highlights

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Joseph Wapner on Ralph Edwards and Stu Billett approaching him about doing a television show (The People's Court)

03:19
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Joseph Wapner on what makes a good judge

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Joseph Wapner on what people learned from The People's Court

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Joseph Wapner on his feelings on cameras in courtrooms

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Joseph Wapner on The People's Court being featured in the film "Rain Man"

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