A true life bailiff, Petri Hawkins Byrd, is best known from the Emmy-Award Winning #1 Daytime Show "Judge Judy", as the sardonic Brooklynite bailiff to Judge Judith Sheindlin.
With over 10,000 episodes of Judge Judy filmed over 21 Seasons, by career title, Petri Hawkins Byrd recognized as a Courtroom Bailiff, but by life legacy, he is most known as a Philanthropist and Activist. Byrd's optimistic 'there's-good-in-everyone' approach often surprises Judge Judy fans and cynics alike, although his lifetime philanthropy work is undeniable.
Byrd spends most of his time hands-on counseling at-risk youth, public speaking, and supporting African American organizations and festivals that highlight the Arts, Education, Youth, Community, and Social Wellness. A special project he co-chairs is the OK Program ("Our Kids" Program).
Originally from inner city Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and a father of 4, Petri Hawkins Byrd was a high school counselor with a degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College. Before the iconic TV Series aired, Byrd first worked with Judge Sheindlin in the Manhattan Family Court system. After being offered her own show, Byrd wrote the judge a congratulatory letter, concluding with "If you ever need a bailiff, I still look good in uniform." Judge Judy called him at home with an offer, and he’s been her bailiff ever since.
Outside the courtroom, Byrd's participation in Children's Issues as an authority figure and mentor have impacted children and young adults for decades. His work through the OK Program in providing black male mentorship is active in 8 U.S. States. Ever community connected, Petri Hawkins Byrd often surprises Judge Judy viewers working alongside fans at local police department events, hospital visitations, Job Corp efforts, and military support events. His Adult Preparation work with black youth centers on self confidence, common sense, and mutual respect; he has several youth-focused projects currently in pre-production.