Video Game Created For Pro Se Litigants

pro se litigants video gameThe number of pro se litigants making their way into the courtroom is climbing.

As Illinois 7th Circuit Judge, Hon. Diane P. Wood puts it, “the increase in the costs of litigation, the decline in funding for legal services for low-income individuals, and the emergence of a “do-it-yourself” culture spawned in part by the availability of legal information and forms on the internet”, it’s not a surprise that many people are representing themselves in court these days.

From the outside looking in, it’s not as easy as it appears. With no prior experience in this type of setting, pro se litigants might need a few pointers for what to expect when they walk through the door. Well, at least that was the mindset of a few law professors at Northeastern University School of Law who developed a free online video game for self-represented litigants this year.

RePresent simulates a number of aspects of a real-life legal proceeding for pro se litigants in the form of an interactive game so they can apply what they learn in practice.

The online video game features the main character “Mr. Player” who the user will direct to go through the court process. Players will be given options via a decision tree that provides them with basic courtroom information and facts (like where to file paperwork; how to introduce evidence; what to call the judge; etc.) that builds confidence in Mr. Player, so he can successfully represent himself in court.

RePresent was created to specifically assist pro se litigants in Connecticut, but much of the knowledge acquired can be applied to courtrooms across the nation.

Want to check out the game yourself? You can do so here, and guess what – it’s free.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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