If you were to skim through the characters that have appeared in reality TV, you would be hard-pressed to find someone more iconic than Judge Judy. The series has cemented its legacy as one of the longest-running series on reality television. The courtroom series features the former family court judge Judy Sheindlin as she presides over small-claims cases. The cases are televised as a reality television series. Ever since it first aired on the 16th of September 1996, the series has rolled out 23 seasons and is currently airing its 24th. The series has given birth to numerous reality stars, including Petri Hawkins Byrd.
Petri Adonis Byrd was born on the 29th of November 1957 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Petri later moved to Boston with his parents and five siblings. After graduating from Eastern District High School, Petri decided to enroll at the City University of New York located in the Bronx. Later, Petri became a major part of the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College. The community college focused mostly on the Hispanic community and caters to the people of South Bronx.
After graduating college in the early 1980s, Petry began to work in the New York Court System as a court officer. In 1986, Petri was assigned to the family court division of Manhattan. It was during his time in Manhattan that Petri came in touch with Judy Sheindlin. The pair struck out a lovely partnership that became instrumental in Petri’s appearance in reality TV.
In a desire to propel his career forward, Petri enrolled at John Jay College and graduated with a master’s degree in criminal justice. A year after wrapping up his academics, Petri moved to California and started working for the US Marshals Service (USMS). Petri stayed in the Marshals till 1996 and left service after hearing the announcement of Judge Judy.
In a congratulatory letter to Judy Sheindlin, Petri offered his services as a bailiff. Judy toom him up on his offer and the pair began working as reality stars. In the series, Petru assumes the role of a bailiff who is responsible for a host of things including, introducing cases to the judge, helping with case numbers, swearing-in, and calling parties forward.
A happy marriage of-court:
Petri Hawkins Byrd is currently married to Felicia and the pair have four lovely children. Petri has not yet revealed as to how and when the couple met. There is no information on the pair’s dating history and time as a married couple. As Petri likes to keep his personal life away from the media, there exists very little info on the couple. The family of five is currently living in Elk Grove, California.
Petri Hawkins Byrd has enjoyed a successful television career as bailiff on the court program Judge Judy. Not just fame Petri has used his time and money to give back to society. He is actively involved in charities and works as a motivational speaker as well. He also serves as the board member of the youth program, Teen Center USA. As of 2020, Petri has an estimated net worth of $3.5 M.