‘Hot Bench’ Adds Judges Yodit Tewolde and Rachel Juarez in Show Revamp

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Hot Bench is bringing in new voices and views.

The nationally syndicated daytime court show has added attorneys Yodit Tewolde and Rachel Juarez as judges, CBS Media Ventures announced this week. The two replace Judges Tanya Acker and Patricia DiMango, who left to join a new courtroom series called Tribunal.

The new judges join Judge Michael Corriero for season 9, which premieres on Oct. 31. The three-judge panel will take on real small claims cases from courthouses across the country.

“Judges Yodit Tewolde and Rachel Juarez bring an exciting new energy and a fresh, new dynamic to our series that viewers know and love,” said David Theodosopoulos, executive producer of Hot Bench.

“Their diverse backgrounds and experiences are a beautiful complement to Michael, and I’m thrilled to welcome these strong, accomplished women to the bench,” Theodosopoulos added.

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Tewolde is a criminal defense attorney, who was the founder and managing attorney of her own criminal defense firm. She previously hosted Making the Case on the now-defunct Black News Channel. Prior to that, she contributed to America’s Most Wanted, and served as an anchor for Court TV.

Juarez is an experienced litigator who handled civil cases for large corporate clients, before co-founding a family law practice specializing in the representation of high net worth and high-income individuals in divorce and other family law matters. She was also appointed to serve as a Temporary Judge by the Los Angeles County Superior Court Temporary Judge Program.

Created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, Emmy-nominated Hot Bench is the first three-judge bench on television.