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Game-based simulation of court 

Source: A team at Northeastern Law

has been building a simulation game to help self-represented litigants prepare for their court appearance.

The sim­u­la­tion game is par­tic­u­larly tar­geted to the growing number of people who cannot afford legal rep­re­sen­ta­tion and thus rep­re­sent them­selves in legal pro­ceed­ings ranging from evic­tions and mort­gage fore­clo­sures to child cus­tody pro­ceed­ings and debt col­lec­tion cases. Nation­ally, more than 80 per­cent of people with legal prob­lems must resolve them without the assis­tance of a lawyer. When a dis­pute lands in court, people without any legal training find them­selves addressing a judge, ques­tioning wit­nesses, and offering doc­u­ments into evidence.

The sim­u­la­tion game would let indi­vid­uals try out these kinds of expe­ri­ences in a vir­tual world before they appear in an actual court­room. It would ulti­mately be made avail­able online for free.

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