Mobile game helps people act as their own lawyer so they don’t, for example, call the judge ‘dude’

Private lawyers are often too expensive for such small-claims or family court cases and the number of lawyers working pro bono doesn’t begin to meet the need, creating a lot of what is known in legalese as self-represented litigants.

News Story (New Hampshire)

David Brooks
Concord Monitor (NH)
January 16, 2018

Tags: Pro Se/Self-Help, Technology

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Advice & Referral Center (LARC) (New Hampshire), Connecticut Legal Services, Legal Services Corporation (LSC)


Let’s say you’re about to represent yourself in small-claims court, never having set foot in a courtroom before. Should you: a) Prepare your defense, or b) Line up a babysitter?

Trick question, according to a new game call RePresent (as in “represent yourself in court”) that you can play on your smartphone. You might need to do both.

“It’s about understanding what it means to go into court without a lawyer. You have to plan ahead, but what does ‘plan ahead’ mean? What do you need to plan for?” said Breckie Hayes, executive director of the Legal Aid and Referral Center, or LARC, who helped created the New Hampshire version of the game.