Inspired by Judge Greg Mathis' own gang-to-gavel story, "Judge Mathis" is a nationally syndicated, reality-based court show presided over by former Detroit-area District Court Judge Greg Mathis. Mathis' decisions are legal and binding. The hallmark of "Judge Mathis" is the judge himself as he combines a refreshing mix of social commentary, humor, and humanity. His use of the bench to provide resolution and counseling to litigants before him during each hour-long episode has catapulted Judge Mathis to the forefront of a national dialogue about real issues facing contemporary society. His long-term personal involvement exemplifies his dedication to uplifting those who step into his courtroom as well as those who tune in to the show. Always a judge but never judgmental, Judge Mathis seeks to find a positive solution for the most dire situations. In each hour-long episode, Judge Mathis lays down the law, presiding over four real, hard-hitting cases. This season, the judge vows to inject more social commentary into the show continuing with his highly popular "Ask Judge Mathis" segment, in which viewers can get their own legal questions answered.
Judge Greg Mathis is a unique role model and personality, which makes him stand out from other court show judges. As a young man, Mathis was involved with gangs, dropped out of school, spent time in jail and then, as a promise to his dying mother, turned his life around. He attended college, earned a law degree, became the youngest judge in Michigan's history, and served as a Superior Court Judge for Michigan's 36th district. Known for running his courtroom with an earnest style and streetwise sensibility, Mathis often uses himself as an example to those who appear before him. His trademark sense of humor, personal commitment to social and equal justice, and degree of humanity and forthrightness distinguish him from the rest of the genre. The fact that the show has been on the air for over 10 years is a testament to the distinctive identity "Judge Mathis" brings to the field.