Meet the judgesMichael Corriero

Michael Corriero
  • Served in the New York State Court for 28 Years
  • Appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Governor Mario Cuomo
  • Was Executive Director and Founder of The New York Center For Juvenile Justice and Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City

Michael Corriero

Justice Michael Corriero serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court program HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin.

Judge Michael Corriero, serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court show HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. The program returned for its third season Monday, September 12, 2016. During the 2015-2016 season, HOT BENCH was the fastest growing first-run show in syndication, up 33% in homes delivering 3.4 million daily viewers.

Prior to joining HOT BENCH, Judge Corriero was the Executive Director and Founder of the New York Center for Juvenile Justice.  Before that he was the Executive Director of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City from 2008 to 2010.

He previously served as a judge in the New York State Court for 28 years. He was appointed to the New York State Court of Claims in 1990.   From 1992 to 2008, Judge Corriero presided over Manhattan’s Youth Part, a court set aside within the adult court system to deal exclusively with the cases of 13,14 and 15 year-olds who are charged with the most serious and violent crimes.

He was appointed to the New York State Supreme Court in 1989 by then Governor Mario Cuomo and also served as a Judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York from 1980-1989.   He lectured in criminal justice as an Adjunct Professor at Pace University from 1976-1994 and was an Assistant District Attorney for New York County.

Judge Corriero is an alumnus of St. John’s University School of Law and St. John’s University. He was a member of the Law Review and served as an associate editor. He graduated from St.John’s University College with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in social science.

He is the author of a book entitled: “Judging Children as Children: A Proposal for a Juvenile Justice System.”

Judge Corriero is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including: The New York Foundling’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2015); Advocate of the Decade (2014) presented by Families on the Move of New York City, Inc.; The Eleanor Roosevelt Award (2011) presented by Citizens Committee for Children; Asian Pacific American Advocates (OCA – New York) Community Service Award (2011); Excellence in Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Detention Association of New York State (2007);

Frank S. Hogan Associates Recognition Award (2007); Excellence in Children’s Advocacy, presented by 100 Women Against Child Abuse (2006); The Citizens’ Committee for Children’s Annual Founders’ Award (2004); The Howard A. Levine Award for Outstanding Work in the area of children and the law (New York State Bar Association 1999); The Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award (American Bar Association 1997); Outstanding Service on Behalf of Youth Award (ELEM 1996, 2007); The Conrad B. Mattox, Jr. Commonwealth Debate Winner (University of Richmond 1996); The Charles A. Rapallo Award (Colombian Lawyers Association 1994); and he participated as a Polsky Judicial Fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Seminar (2003).

Judge Corriero serves at the request of the former Chief Judge of New York State, Judith Kaye, on the New York State Permanent Commission on Justice for Children. He also served on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Committee on the Judiciary. He has previously served on the New York State Probation Commission Task Force and Governor Patterson’s Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice.

Judge Corriero has served as Chairperson of the Committee on Juvenile Justice of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He was Co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Juvenile Justice Committee. He is member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Children and the Law. He served as a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City; a member of the Advisory Committee of Citizens’ Committee for Children; a member of the Professional Committee of ELEM (Youth at Risk in Israel); and a board member of Transfiguration Grammar School Education Association.

HOT BENCH is created by Judge Judy Sheindlin and executive produced by Randy Douthit and Maureen Fitzpatrick. Amy Freisleben is co-executive producer. Patricia DiMango, Tanya Acker and Michael Corriero comprise the three-judge panel. HOT BENCH is produced by Big Ticket Pictures and Queen Bee Productions. It is distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

 

  • Served in the New York State Court for 28 Years
  • Appointed to the New York State Supreme Court by Governor Mario Cuomo
  • Was Executive Director and Founder of The New York Center For Juvenile Justice and Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City
Patricia DiMango

Patricia DiMango

Justice DiMango has a stern but fair reputation combined, with a balance of street smarts, and legal knowledge.

Tanya Acker

Tanya Acker

Judge Tanya Acker Tanya Acker, attorney and civil litigator, serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution's syndicated court program HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. Tanya Acker, attorney and civil litigator, serves as one of three judges on CBS Television Distribution’s syndicated court show HOT BENCH, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin. […]

Sonia Montejano

Sonia Montejano

Sonia Montejano serves as the courtroom bailiff