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Closed courtrooms only protect bad judges and lawyers, says Judge Judy

Yes, Judge Judy is in Dublin.
Apr 9th 2013, 6:29 PM 27,864 88

AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS judge has told a former Minister for Justice that Ireland should have cameras in every courtroom.

Speaking to Nora Owen on TV3′s Midweek, Judge Judy said closed courtrooms protect two things – bad judges and bad lawyers.

“They also protect bad institutions that serve those courts, such as social services,” she continued. “They should be there as the norm. If you have a specific exclusion, then you make it.”

Judy Sheindlin passed the New York bar in 1965 and was appointed as a judge to New York’s family court by Mayor Ed Koch in 1982.

A television special and an LA Times article about the high-flying judge led to her syndicated show, which nets her about $45 million per year.

The 70-year-old was in Dublin today for a talk at UCD. She was honoured with the title of VP of the Law Society.

Speaking to Newstalk, she described Irish people as “direct, no nonsense and not a lot of BS”.

Yesterday, CBS TV announced the extension of the television show to the end of 2017.

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