|Other names||Judge Cristina Perez, Cristina Perez Gonzalez|
|Known for||Justice For All with Judge Cristina Perez, Cristina’s Court and La Corte de Familia|
Cristina Perez (born October 27, 1964) is an American actress, television personality, writer and TV judge.
She was born in New York City, raised in California to parents of Colombian descent, received two BAs at UCLA and her JD at Whittier Law School. Perez is best known for presiding over cases in the shows La Corte del Pueblo (1999–2000) and La Corte de Familia (2000–2005) on the Telemundo network.
She is married to Christopher Gonzalez.
She hosted the syndicated American arbitration-based reality court show, Cristina's Court, which debuted in 2006. It was filmed at KRIV, the FOX owned-and-operated station in Houston. This made Perez one of four Hispanic judges that presided over an English-language American TV judge show, along with Maria Lopez (Judge Maria Lopez), Alex Ferrer (Judge Alex), and Marilyn Milian (The People's Court). The show was executive produced by Peter Brennan and directed by Arthur Bergel.
Perez is the first Hispanic judge to cross over from Spanish-language to English-language television. Her ancestry is Colombian, rather than Mexican or Cuban, as had been thought by some of her viewers.
For 9 years, the 3-season long court show had the most wins for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program. While it no longer holds the record for most wins in the category, Cristina's Court's 9 years of most Emmy wins is the longest extent for having most wins in the category. In the show's 2008 second season and 2009 third season, the program won its first and second Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program," taking place at the 34th and 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. It won an additional "Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program Award" at the 36th Annual Daytime Emmys on June 25 of 2010, despite the show being cancelled by this point. This was due to the Emmy Awards being handed out for the previous television season.In February 2009, The series was cancelled after three seasons. Original episodes continued to air until September 2009.
According to the Syndicated Network Television Association, Cristina ranked as one of the most trustworthy and influential syndicated hosts on television, ranking second behind Oprah Winfrey among adults 18 to 34 years old.
Ms. Perez returned to the court show genre in the fall of 2012 with Justice for All with Judge Cristina Perez. The program is produced by Entertainment Studios which produces two other court shows, America's Court with Judge Ross and We the People With Gloria Allred, all of which have real cases that are re-enacted with actors and scripts. Justice for All airs in both English and Spanish. In July 2013, the show was renewed for two further seasons.
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