"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 talks about 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 discusses 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, then later 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. B-roll consists of memorabilia from his tenure in Superior Court, as well as a few publicity stills from his television career. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Century City, CA on July 11, 2005.