Judge Karen

Judge Karen is an American arbitration-based reality court show that aired in first-run syndication and debuted on September 8, 2008 in 48 of the top 50 U.S. markets.[1] As with other court shows, such as The People's Court and Judge Judy, a retired real-life judge presides over small claims court cases. On this show, the judge is Karen Mills-Francis, an African-American woman twice elected Miami-Dade County Court judge, who claims that "justice isn't always black and white". She did not wear the traditional black robe, but instead a burgundy one. The introductory sequence showed her presiding over cases, with the announcer saying "She's tough, she's fair, and she cares".[1] The show was produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television.[1]

Logo from 2008 show

To distinguish itself from other shows in the crowded field, Judge Karen permitted litigants to cross-examine witnesses, with a segment at the end in which Mills-Francis answers videotaped questions from viewers.[1] This segment was entitled "Ask Judge Karen"

It was announced on January 10, 2009 that Judge Karen would not be renewed for a second season.[2] At present, reruns are being televised on BET and TV One network.

Karen Mills-Francis's past and present TV court shows


  1. "Bold and Sassy "JUDGE KAREN" Brings Daytime Drama to Court (Sony press release)". Reuters (reuters.com). August 14, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-13.
  2. Troubled Syndie Market Takes Its Toll, NextTV, January 10, 2009
  3. "'Karen' Back In Session". NextTV. December 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  4. "Entertainment Studios to Launch Fourth Court Show, 'Supreme Justice,' This Fall". NextTV. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  5. "The Daily Edition". Dailyedition.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-12-21.
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