By Legal Eagle

A former US Supreme Court Judge has launched a computer game called “Our Courts“, intended to teach children about the way in which the American court system works. It will have an interactive forum to show how the courts work, with some examples of real legal issues.

Well, if something like “Second Life” can be successful, I see no reason why this shouldn’t be successful too.

I can’t help wondering whether they will use real-life judges as models for the cyber-judges – if so – which ones will they use? Some of my favourite US judges are Learned Hand J and Cardozo J, although I can think of many other awesome US judges. [As a side note, I have often wondered how poor Learned Hand coped with the name Billings Learned Hand as a child – I see on his Wikipedia page that he struggled with it, and eventually ditched the “Billings” part. At least he was actually learned – it would be terrible to be an ignorant person called “Learned”.]

And what about cyber-barristers? They would have to have interesting cyber-barristers, otherwise the children could fall asleep, just as I may have done as a young articled clerk sent to observe a case (although I admit nothing! nothing, I tell you!). As I have explained in a previous post, all my time in court watching cases has made me a sharp critic of barristers’ performances – one day, I might get to put my observations into practice…

I think it is really important for non-lawyers to have at least a rudimentary understanding of how the legal system works and what judges do. So I hope that this game is successful.


I’m not the only one to love Learned Hand J! A law student from Harvard University transfers drawings of legal subjects onto dinner plates…the end products are called “Learned Handmade Plates“. How awesome.

(Via The Stumblng Tumblr)

One Comment

  1. DeusExMacintosh
    Posted June 9, 2008 at 2:18 am | Permalink

    I thought that’s what Judge Judy was for?

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