About Judge Smith


Judge Peter Smith's 33 years of judicial experience make him well-qualified as a “private judge”––and to write novels that are relevant to laypersons as well as lawyers who aspire to be judges. Most of the cases in his novels are based on real cases that Smith heard. His book on personal finance is based on his own investing experience.

Smith's diverse judicial experience includes:

  • Presiding over the first nationally televised civil jury trial- the libel case of Carol Burnett against The National Enquirer

  • Serving as a Special Master in a judicial disciplinary case

  • Presiding in a death penalty case without a jury (Smith was chosen by the defense and the prosecution to hear the case)

  • Hearing nearly 100 medical malpractice arbitrations

Smith was born in New York City in 1933. He graduated in 1951 from Midland School in Los Olivos, California and in 1955 from UC Berkeley. He served as an Army Medic from 1955 to 1957 then graduated from Loyola University Law School, Los Angeles, in 1960.