About The Judge
Motion granted! Judge Marilyn Milian returns to the bench of the multiple Emmy award winning "The People's Court" as the longest judge to preside over the highly rated courtroom series. Milian continues to resolve complex cases with a no nonsense approach while offering sound legal knowledge to all of the litigants that enter her courtroom. "People don't get their legal advice from five hundred dollar an hour lawyers, they get it from watching television court shows. It's my responsibility to give them some legal tidbits they can use in their day-to-day lives." Milian's advice to litigants: "Social media is a valuable courtroom tool. Posts, tweets and photos can be used as evidence to prove your case so don't get rid of them!"
Judge Milian is awed by the history of "The People's Court." Milian fondly remembers watching the series with her fellow law students at Georgetown. "Everything stopped when the show was on. We all gathered around the television in the lounge and if you told me then that I would be sitting on the bench of ‘The People's Court' I would have said you were crazy." Judge Milian is proud to be the first Latina Judge to host a nationally syndicated television court show. In the courtroom, Milian often uses phrases recalled from her Cuban grandmother when addressing litigants.
Judge Milian has enjoyed major media exposure including a appearances on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Rachael Ray," "Steve Harvey," "The Dr. Oz Show," "The Wendy Williams Show," "TMZ," and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Judge Milian is a well-versed legal expert appearing on many news outlets including FOX News, CNN and HLN. Milian is a pursued interview subject and has been profiled in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Miami Herald, People, People en Espanol, Entertainment Weekly, InTouch, Elle, Vibe, Latina, Vanidades, and Glamour, among others. In addition Judge Milian has appeared on "Last Comic Standing" and in several episodes of "George Lopez."
Judge Milian is a sought-after speaker well known for her dedication to the Hispanic community and a strong voice against domestic violence. Milian has served as emcee for countless charitable causes, including March of Dimes, The Lighthouse for the Blind, The Latino Commission on AIDS, The Miami-Dade County Teachers Awards, Hope for Vision, and the South Florida Children's Home Society. She was an honorary host for National Chairman Arnold Schwarzenegger's annual celebration of the South Florida Inner-City Games. Milian and her family are actively involved in supporting Southern Florida's Children's Cancer Center's Summer Camp, hosting "Camp Court" mock trials of camp counselors by the young campers.
When the courtroom doors close, Judge Milian leads a fast-paced fulfilling life with her husband John Schlesinger, a Circuit Court Judge, and their three daughters Cristina, Alexandra and Sofia. When asked how she manages it all, Milian responds, "Juggling a husband, three teenage daughters and a intrastate commute to work isn't easy, you have to remember to be present. Keep the important things front and center and it all works out."