It was Judge Judy's courtroom, but someone else took over her bench. Nicole Skinner is a University of Idaho graduate who submitted an audition video and won a contest to be Judge Judy for a day. Inside Edition’s Jim Moret went behind the scenes at the show. America's most popular TV judge has been on the air 23 years and just won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. Anyone would be nervous to fill her shoes, let alone her robe.