Judge Milian is probably the most popular judge on television. In her courtroom justice is fast, fair, and often fierce. She provides a compassionate voice for victims while verbally beating the bad guys. With humor, compassion, and a temper that can make grown men tremble, there is no doubt that Judge Milian owns the courtroom.
I've been to two tapings and can tell you the show is run like a regular courtroom. You hear Curt Chaplin speaking as each litigant enters. Douglas swears them in and then asks the audience to rise and Judge Milian enters. The cases begin, and if it weren't for the cameras you would think you were in a regular courtroom. It's case after case until lunch break. Before going to lunch, the judge comes out and greets the audience, answering questions and posing for photos with fans. This is repeated after the last case of the day.
What I found unusual is they give the judge bodyguards to protect her from fans, but have knowingly hired questionable people to work behind the scenes. They give the illusion of protecting her but still think nothing of putting in her in a potentially dangerous position backstage. I questioned some behind the scenes folks about this and they didn't care. Even when proof was discovered it was ignored.
So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when a special item was sent to the judge from my dying mother and the judge never got it. Someone at the show stole it. I am sure of this since the item was included with something else that the judge received. So, my mother's item was intentionally removed. My mother replaced the item but was very disappointed since it wasn't the exact one she wanted for the judge. It was an angel she made herself, that was her last Christmas.