A new judge is donning the “Divorce Court” robes.
Lynn Toler, an attorney who served as an elected judge on the Cleveland Heights Municipal Court in Ohio, is taking over the syndicated series from seven-season incumbent Mablean Ephriam.
Toler will step in when the show returns for its eighth season this fall, according to a spokesman for series producer Twentieth Television.
She already has TV courtroom experience: Toler left the bench in 2001 after being picked to act as a judge on another Twentieth Television syndicated court show, “Power of Attorney.”
She’s a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In her eight-year tenure as an Ohio judge, she presided over cases involving small-claims disputes, domestic violence, negligent homicide, assault and stalking.
In a statement Monday, Toler said she looks forward to taking over the reins “of this classic courtroom series.”
Ephriam, a trial attorney and mediator in Los Angeles, brought more than 20 years’ experience to the TV bench.
“Divorce Court” has been on and off the air since it debuted in 1957, according to the reference book “Total Television.” The current Twentieth Television version first aired in 1999.