TV viewers of Judge Judy are accustomed to seeing Judy Sheindlin cloaked in her iconic black robe, accented by her white lace collar.
However, if you ever catch a glimpse of the matronly magistrate outside of the courtroom, chances are you might not recognize her.
Now, people are judging Judy, and they are not pleading their case based on her civilian clothes.
The civil court judge turned heads with her latest hairdo at the Daytime Emmys held in Pasadena, California, on Sunday, where she accepted a Lifetime Achievement award.
Sheindlin's arbitration-based reality court show has entertained home-viewing audiences for 23 seasons since September 16, 1996.
But it wasn't until fairly recently that she pulled her hair back in a ponytail and left many wondering if a different judge was presiding.
🚨 JUDGE JUDY HAS NEW HAIR! 🚨 https://t.co/VQOHLvhBRi— Josh Kruger (@Josh Kruger)1556665389.0
@people She has been wearing it on the new episodes for a few weeks now....and I don't like it.— Mike (@Mike)1557172418.0
But she looked ravishing on Sunday night, ditching her signature bouffant for a more modern look.
Judge Judy Calls Amy Poehler Her "New BFF" at the Daytime Emmy Awards https://t.co/EvvlY8aKwv— O The Oprah Magazine (@O The Oprah Magazine)1557162590.0
Actress Amy Poehler presented the award to the 76-year-old and introduced her as "the Jewish mother that we all want" and explained the phenomenon that is Judge Judy.
"We all watch because we know that maybe just once something will turn out fair, that two people will come together and work it out in front of a woman who takes them and her job very seriously."
TV Stars Talk Judge Judy, "Diversity of Platforms and Diversity of Content" at Daytime Emmys https://t.co/ONXtdeAejA via @thr— Marcos Arellano (@Marcos Arellano)1557180112.0
I kinda just love that #JudgeJudy has started wearing her hair in a ponytail. #DaytimeEmmys— Dan (@Dan)1557104283.0
Judge Judy, 76, Proudly Shows Off Longer Hair Makeover At Daytime Emmys — Pics https://t.co/hpD2wgZGkX #Hollywood… https://t.co/TZxALQwUCu— Stasee (@Stasee)1557147034.0
Over on social media, users gave their final verdict on the judge's new 'do.
Judge Judy got a new hair style y’all!— Ashley Steffens (@Ashley Steffens)1556753805.0
@Kokomothegreat I think it looks great. Very RBG! 👍🏻 #JudgeJudy https://t.co/igCclqRtR7— Jeffrey Luscombe (@Jeffrey Luscombe)1555977232.0
That's my girl! #JudgeJudy I like the hair change too! Sometimes you've gotta change it up! https://t.co/oRkyHvPV6h— Jennifer Bellamy (@Jennifer Bellamy)1557168989.0
Sheindlin's longtime bailiff and friend Petri Hawkins Byrd weighed in with his decision, preferring the more classic look.
"Alright, alright! I tried to stay out of this, y'all won't let me! I prefer my boss with the old 'do'. More sophisticated and 'Judy'cial. Just my opinion, not law!"
Some said she was guilty of making a bad beauty decision that made her look older.
judge judy with long hair? that ain’t my judge judy https://t.co/tF0UecmDWV— julia (@julia)1556796446.0
GUYS, WHAT THE HELL DID JUDGE JUDY DO TO HER HAIR https://t.co/6XusPhqvM1— Nate C (@Nate C)1556936938.0
@people It makes her look older. She knows that, right? She looked great with the shorter hair styled like it was. @JudgeJudy— Jewel S (@Jewel S)1557178095.0
Normally I'm all over long hair rather than the permed fairly short around the head, but Judge Judy's new 'do is a… https://t.co/jDmenRe4J8— GLManny (@GLManny)1557104400.0
Guys Judge Judy put her hair back for the first time in 22 years and it looks like she just aged another 40— Landon Strzelewicz (@Landon Strzelewicz)1556580042.0
my girl judge judy got new hair cut?? i think the fuck noT— dani (@dani)1556429301.0
Other comments signaled a hung jury.
Judge Judy CHANGED her hair after years and years of airing with the same hair. Don’t know how to feel. I’m scared… https://t.co/BWDBmGFxUG— Natalie S (trash) (@Natalie S (trash))1556629658.0
Judge Judy got her hair done!! Looks likes she’s about to cook breakfast but it’s cool!! 😊 #JudgeJudy https://t.co/OS0vVgDD6I— Robert K. Courtney (@Robert K. Courtney)1556572362.0
One fan expressed that it's not up to us to judge.
Instagrammer boswell_michael wrote:
"I prefer...the one SHE prefers. Not my hair, not my say. All this people can't keep their mouths shut and opinions to themselves. I guess that's the "social media" age for you! After having the same hairstyle for literally DECADES, a change is refreshing and needed. People will get use to it and if you don't, that's on you!"
While she may make questionable judgement calls at the salon, Sheindlin knows her strengths lie in the courtroom. During her acceptance speech, she talked about her role as a civil court judge being a passion.
"I have a profession that's always been my passion. And tonight, I have this lovely honor, which says I've done my job well."
"Life has a beginning, a middle and an end. As most of us, I don't remember the very beginning, I'm having an absolute blast in the middle, and if my luck holds, I won't be around for the end."
She may have lost her signature bangs, but we hope she never loses her irreverence. After all, what else would you expect from the sharp-tongued judge who penned Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining: America's Toughest Family Court Judge Speaks Out.
Congratulations on your lifetime achievement award, Judge Judy!