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Judge David Young is an American arbitration-based reality court show. The series, which aired in first-run syndication, premiered on television stations across the United States and Canada on September 10, 2007.[1] Young is the first openly gay TV judge.[2] In the program, he presided over small claims court cases. The series was produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television Distribution.[3]

Judge David Young
Genrereality court show
StarringDavid Young
Tawya Young
Country of origin United States
Running time30 minutes approx. (including commercials)
Production company(s)Sony Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkSyndicated
Original releaseSeptember 10, 2007 –
September 4, 2009

Much of Young's behavior was comically campy. In fact, the tagline of his court show parodied Judge Judy's "Justice with an Attitude" tagline, using "Justice with a Snap" instead.[4] Young frequently bursted into show tunes and warned guests that there is only "one queen" allowed in his courtroom and that's him.[2] Young said he wanted to be a role model for LGBT youth.[5] In every episode, Young explained his position after his ruling to the studio audience. He often firmly silenced litigants if they were interrupting or becoming a problem. One of his trademarks was his humorous interactions with his bailiff, Tawya Young. Although David and Tawya share the same last name, they have no relation to each other.

On January 10, 2009 it was announced that his contract would not be renewed for a third season.[6]


Judge David Young ran for two seasons, from September 10, 2007, to September 4, 2009. Sony Pictures Television Distribution subsequently did not renew Judge David Young due to a change in Sony's daytime television administration. They did not renew any of their original daytime television syndicated series.


  1. ^ "Judge David Young", Official site, retrieved 2007-12-18
  2. ^ a b Jensen, Michael (September 5, 2007), "Interview with Judge David Young",, retrieved 2007-12-18
  3. ^ Marc Berman (2006-12-04), "Sony OKs Judge David Young", Media Week, archived from the original on 2007-10-08, retrieved 2007-11-28
  4. ^ Musto, Michael (November 13, 2007), "Oscar Winner Found at Gay Bar!", The Village Voice, archived from the original on December 21, 2007, retrieved 2007-12-18
  5. ^ Bajko, Matthew S. (September 6, 2007), Gay judge gavels his way into TV history, retrieved 2007-12-18
  6. ^ "Troubled Syndie Market Takes Its Toll - 2009-01-10 17:12:00 | Broadcasting & Cable". Retrieved 2009-07-22.

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