Year 3, week 8: JudgesZoo

I see that someone suggested that I couldn’t have been in court on Friday afternoon because I made a comment on this blog. Nice try, but you seem to forget that the whole of the baby bar is online whilst they’re sitting around in court waiting for their opponents to finish whatever they’re doing. I mean, let’s face it, there’s a lot of twiddling your thumbs during court hearings which until recently was just lost time. But now I manage to get all my emails done and if it’s a full day in court I also tend to finish a couple of Particulars of Claim. Much easier than last year as well when we were all having to fiddle with our Blackberrys under the table. This year someone came up with the bright idea of simply pretending to take notes of the hearing on the laptop and then connecting it up with the iPhone sitting in your bag. So for anyone who’s been to court recently and wonders why the junior bar suddenly looks so keen as to be typing notes on every small claim, now you know.

But what perhaps you don’t know is that we now have over 500 barristers taking part in the online virtual reality game SecondLife. We’ve basically created a world which is populated only by those barristers who are appearing in court. Very frightening what their creative minds have produced in the last few weeks. Forget about schools and hospitals. So far, we have a dodgy firm of solicitors, an ambulance chasing accident management company and then the one which took most people by surprise, the Judges’ Zoo. Yes, believe it or not, it’s already become a convention that if the judge you’re appearing in front of is being particularly annoying then you simply create a persona for him in SecondLife and stick him in the Judge’s Zoo. Though when I say zoo, think prison to all intents and purposes. It’s proving to be a particularly popular tourist attraction, particularly after someone added a function in which you’re able to throw your wig at the occupants of said zoo.

November 17, 2008 · Tim Kevan · 3 Comments
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  1. joshbax - November 17, 2008

    brilliant.
    wonder if every major profession has one of these.
    perhaps a medic’s shooting range?

  2. Old Sweat - November 18, 2008

    And doubtless the Judges discuss the Advocates Zoo over their lunch adjournment.

  3. MMAP - November 19, 2008

    I’ve heard of the Third Life, but had no idea there was a barrister’s vers! How do you find it? xxxx
    ps, loving your new material.