Law Technology News
April 2001
Online Dispute Resolution —
"Of far greater interest to lawyers is iCourthouse's JurySmart, a feature that allows lawyers to test the strengths and weaknesses of a case by previewing it to a pool of Internet jurors. Lawyers present their claims in the same manner as would other parties. At the end, they receive a written report of the results, which includes each juror's verdict, comments and questions, along with a profile that includes each juror's age, sex, occupation, education, occupation and annual income. ... At a cost of $189 per report, this is an economical and effective way for lawyers to assess the merits of a case."

National Law Journal
April 9, 2001
Is the 'JurySmart?' —
"The service aims to approximate many of the benefits previously available to those who pay thousands of dollars for in-house focus groups and shadow juries. It should be a boon in assessing cases with a potential value of less than a million dollars."

Law Office Computing
April/May 2001
Know The Verdict Before Trial —
"Ever wanted to know what a jury thinks of your case before the trial? You can find out with JurySmart. ... Should you give JurySmart a try? Yes, considering its modest cost and relative ease of use. It's a valuable tool that offers a needed reality check not often available when preparing for trial."

Lawyers Weekly USA
February 5, 2001
Trial Lawyers Are Cutting Cost of Focus Groups Via the Internet —
"Using a controversial new technique, lawyers are beginning to test their cases in front of "cyber jurors" for a fraction of the cost of traditional focus groups. ... Many litigators and trial consultants predict that online focus groups are the wave of the future. ... 'The Internet will provide 80% of the value of using a traditional trial consultant for a tenth of the cost,' says Clyde Long, a Lafayette, Calif., attorney and co-owner of I-Courthouse, which lets lawyers present cases to a pool of 'virtual' jurors. ... Small-firm lawyers can now get feedback on smaller cases that normally wouldn't be worth the expense of hiring mock jurors or conducting a traditional focus group."

January 28, 2001
Online Disputes Find Resolution; Cyberjustice Catches Up To Cybercrime —
"A Wisconsin woman writes a $50 check to an online seller of an 'authentic' Tiger Woods autographed golf ball. It's a gift for her husband. The seller, who advertised on Yahoo! Auction, cashes the check, but doesn't deliver the merchandise. The buyer is out the cash, and out of luck, but not out of options. ... Instead of writing off the loss and walking away, Angie Motto last August decided to take her beef to the Web and iCourthouse for resolution. It's not the money, says Motto. It's the chance to stop the same kind of Internet fraud from happening to someone else."

Die Welt
January 4, 2001
Geschäftsmodell: Gerichtssaal im Internet —
"Mit dem Online-Service können Anwälte im Vorfeld eines Verfahrens ihre Strategie testen."

Beyond Computers
December 6, 2000
Law and Order —
Streaming audio interview with iCourthouse CEO Clyde Long, at minutes 23:58 - 39:19 (RealPlayer required)

Law Office Computing
December/January 2000
Internet Courthouses: Courts in cyberspace —
"iCourthouse can serve as an incredible resource for attorneys and risk managers who want feedback on cases without incurring the expense of mock trials or expensive research ... There is a tremendous correlation between [iCourthouse users'] reactions and the actual trials. It's quite compelling."

New Jersey Law Journal
November 27, 2000
Online Dispute Resolution: Bringing Both Sides Together in Cyberspace —
"[A] service called JurySmart ... will allow attorneys to use iCourthouse for case previews and will provide case summaries containing juror profiles, including how they voted and what questions they asked."

Cyber Esq.
Fall 2000
Virtual Venue: At iCourthouse, founder Clyde Long offers a traditional courthouse, complete with jurors -- all over the Web. —
"For attorneys, the service offers a unique tool for case evaluation: Mock trials and other jury research can be conducted online at a far lower cost than the same research conducted offline."

Business 2.0
September 26, 2000
Judge and Jury —
"iCourthouse is an outpost on a new frontier: e-law ... filling a gap real courts can't close — helping unclog a constricted court system."

September 2, 2000
Virtual Courtrooms —
"Now you and I can bypass the judicial system by posting your grievances online and allowing the Web community to act as your jury. ... Now having a hand in justice is as close as your fingertips via the Net's"

August 18, 2000
Take it to the Online Judge: A new breed of websites aims to change the way Americans use the justice system. —
"A real jury of your peers ... One of the unique features of is that jury service is voluntary: You decide if you want to serve; you also decide which cases you want to serve on and how many."
August 3, 2000
SEE YOU IN CYBER COURT: provides virtual dispute forum —
" is the first virtual court site to offer a forum for any type—or magnitude—of dispute ... the site is another tool in their (small business) arsenal, whether it's nonpayment or other problems small businesses run into ... users are allowed to air their disputes with the hope of reaching an amicable resolution without investing large amounts of time and dollars for legal fees."

USA Today
July 10, 2000
Jury duty and justice for all —
"[A] Web site that combines the voyeuristic appeal of reality-based programming with the growing need for faster, cheaper ways to solve disputes online."
June 12, 2000
VIRTUAL COURTROOM: Web Site Lets Online Jurors Render the Verdicts —
"The iCourthouse jurors playing along at home are likely to get more satisfaction than they do when they get a real jury summons in the mail and sit around in a stuffy courthouse only to be herded around like cattle waiting to get picked. At iCourthouse, the jurors have more control. They can pick the cases they hear, they can ask questions and when they render a verdict, they get to explain their reasoning. 'We’ve tried to make the system very empowering,' says [iCourthouse CEO Clyde] Long, wondering aloud if traditional courtrooms might cut their lists of jury duty skirters if it didn’t make the process so onerous."

San Francisco Chronicle
June 12, 2000
Web Court Invites Surfing Jurors —
"Any Netizen can sign up to be a juror, which consists of reading additional arguments and evidence on the cases and submitting a ruling."

CNN World Today
June 6, 2000
Internet Companies Trying to Get More Americans to Shop Online —
"Then there's, where you can even get a free jury trial using volunteer online jurors (-CNN Technology Correspodent Rick Lockridge) ... People who might not otherwise ever go to court or ever have their disputes resolved, because the dispute is too small or they're afraid of lawyers, or they have some trepidation along those lines, can go to iCourthouse and basically empower themselves to solve their own problems. (-iCourthouse CEO Clyde Long)"

The Recorder
May 19, 2000
Electronic forums offer a way to resolve disputes on the Internet —
"iCourthouse is ... a way to resolve disputes in the fast-moving and borderless world of the Internet. ... iCourthouse is unique among other online ADR outfits"

Legal Times
May 3, 2000
A New Edge to an Old Tool -- Online ADR —
"The unusual Web site of iCourthouse ... lets you put your case before an online jury for free ... the Panel jury system can be used for mock trials, training purposes, or for private resolution of a case ... Online ADR may be the most demand-driven system for resolving disputes since the rise of the equity courts in England in the 13th century ... Today, Internet users throughout the world are finding that off-line forums can't dispense justice with Internet speed, efficiency and economy."
May 1, 2000
Online e-commerce dispute resolution —
"iCourthouse ... involves evidence, jurors, and more ... Analysts agree that these services will become more and more necessary. ... I guess the advantages these online services offer are speed of resolution and a certain amount of civility and clearheadedness that often isn't present in face-to-face, lawyer-led courtroom actions."

Associated Press
April 30, 2000
Online Mediators Seek Opportunities —
"With more consumers and businesses buying merchandise online, complaints are rapidly rising in a market where there are no physical borders and traditional lines of jurisdiction don't necessarily apply. ... ICourthouse (, offers antagonists a chance to air online and off-line disputes in an Internet version of the 'People's Court,' where an online panel of jurors reads both sides of the case and weighs in with a verdict."

Wall Street Journal
March 21, 2000
Cross-Border Outlet Emerges for Consumer Web Disputes —
" even uses juries and judges to resolve ... everything from parking disputes to personal injury claims."

California Lawyer
March 2000
"The site has the entertainment appeal of TV's Judge Judy, but ... it will also prove to be a valuable litigation tool."

Se hace justicia en Internet: Un sitio pone la justicia a disposición de todo aquel que tenga una computadora y un modem —
"La laboriosa tarea de Internet, de meterse en todos los ámbitos haya sido o no invitada, ya está afectando el sistema legal que nos rige como seres civilizados. El sitio iCourthouse propone a los cibernautas más comprometidos con el cometido de la red de redes, presentar sus casos de litigio para que sean juzgados vía Internet."
March 1, 2000
How to Use Your Computer to Solve Your Problems —
"Of the four sites ... iCourthouse at is perhaps the most innovative."

Internet News with Charles Bowen
February 16, 2000
"Lawsuits are time consuming and expensive. If you just want a dispute settled without all the hassle, maybe an answer can come from a jury of your peers online. I'm Charles Bowen with the Internet News. Today's report: Your Virtual Courthouse. It's a wild idea!"

Contact4 (KRON-San Francisco BayTV)
January 12, 2000
"There is now a courthouse for the internet."                                                                              

Link dana
January 3, 2000
"Na prvoj stranici pise: "Dobrodosli u Internet sudnicu. iCourthouse je pojednostavljena inaèica sudskog procesa iz realnog svijeta. Predmeti se ovdje rjesavaju Internet brzinom. Sudski sporovi su stvarni, porota je stvarna, kao i presude. Prikupite svoj dokazni materijal i predstavite svoj sluèaj. iCourthouse uvijek zasjeda." Presude mozete, ali i ne morate postivati. Najavljene su i registracije vjenèanja. Evo nekih od sluèajeva koji se rjesavaju: Raditi ili se igrati za Boziæ? Treba li On pomoæi u plaæanju pilula za zastitu od trudnoæe?"

Netsurfer Digest
December 22, 1999
"The real courts are clogged to the rafters, so why not try cases online, in a virtual court?"

The Times of London
December 20, 1999
"iCourthouse ... offers a standard legal arbitration service with a twist, because visitors can participate as online jurors as well as registering their own complaints."

Lawyers Weekly USA
December 14, 1999
"(An) innovative website for testing legal arguments and discovering what most appeals to jurors."

MidWeek Online (Kaneohe, Hawaii)
December 8, 1999
"(A) site that lets anyone participate in the judicial process — online."

November 22, 1999
"(A) faster, more entertaining legal route for anyone weary of the law's delay."

WebPointers Online
November 22, 1999
"In a 'court' that never sleeps, [the] founders ... offer visitors the opportunity to sue each other, sign up for jury duty, submit disputes to either advisory or binding arbitration, or just read over the 'Trial Books' of poor unfortunates who'd rather endure public humiliation than suffer the unfairness of their situation."

Desert Sun Online (Palm Springs, California)
November 21, 1999
"(T)his one is just too cool!"                                                                              

Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, California)
November 21, 1999
"There are many other legal sites on the Web, but none are quite like, which hopes to bring some sense of accountability to the wild frontier of e-commerce."

Los Angeles Times
November 18, 1999
"Move Over, Judge Judy: If you and your neighbor are going rounds about whose tree that eyesore really is, you can take it online — and even help select the jury. Or if you're so eager to serve on a jury that you just can't wait for a summons, you can offer your services at"

The Cool Tricks and Trinkets Newsletter
November 18, 1999
"Soon we will have virtual jails!"                                                                              

The Business Journal of San Jose
November 11, 1999
"Individuals and businesses can now hash out legal disputes via the Internet."
November 10, 1999
"In the fine Wopnerian tradition of realitainment, and other forms of gawking at trainwrecks, we can't help perusing the case file over at the iCourthouse. Believe it: real-life dirty laundry and public litigation you can enjoy from the comfort of your Mac. Ah, progress."

Yahoo!: What's New: Daily Picks
November 9, 1999                                                                              

November 9, 1999
"Ce site Web californien — évidemment — dessert plusieurs publics: les particuliers et les entreprises qui veulent que leurs différends soient évalués ou jugés en ligne par un jury; les avocats simulant un procès pour voir les forces et les faiblesses de leur défense avant le vrai procès; les amateurs d'émission de télévision genre Judge Judy ou Judge Joe Brown; toute personne qui voudrait devenir un membre du jury pour un avenir rapproché, les personnes désirant se marier."

November 8, 1999
"The challenge, "I'll see you in court!" is about to take on a new meaning thanks to a husband and wife team of California attorneys who created iCourthouse, an online forum for settling disputes over the Internet."


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