Sarah Palin signs deal to preside Judge-Judy-style over her own reality TV courtroom

The onetime vice presidential candidate has been tapped to preside over a new reality court show that would premiere next year. She signed a deal in February with Montana-based production company Warm Springs, a source close to the process tells PEOPLE.

“It’s a production deal,” the source explains. “What happens next is she’ll meet with stations, make a pilot and sell it.”

Warm Springs first approached Palin with the idea in 2015 and has since put together a team that includes the TV executive who found Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown.