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Tierney McAfee
March 22, 2016 AT 07:33 PM EDT

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

Move over, Judge Judy. There could be a new TV courtroom judge coming to town – and it’s none other than former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

The onetime vice presidential candidate has been tapped to preside over a planned reality court show that, if picked up by stations, would premiere fall of 2017. 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.

Unlike the two famous TV judges, Palin does not have a juris doctor degree. But the source notes that the bestselling author has a variety of other qualities that make her suited to the job.

“Palin’s telegenic personality, wide appeal and common sense wisdom make her a natural for this kind of format and she was Warm Springs’ top pick for this project.”

Palin is currently in Alaska caring for her husband, Todd, who’s transitioning from intensive care following a serious snowmachine accident on March 13.

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