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You Be the Judge: New Virtual Courtroom Lets the World Resolve Conflicts in Real ‘People’s Court’

CHICAGO Feb. 16, 2011 Valentine’s Day

Joe Brown

Angelo Rago Kevin Wielgus

"We’re introducing an engaging entertainment platform where our audience is not only able to interact with their entertainment, but they can actually create content for others to do the same," Rago said.

Unlike real court proceedings, JabberJury’s resolution process is designed to be fun, with cases that run the gamut from a squabble between spouses over what color to paint the kitchen, cubicle-mates who can’t agree on a radio station or roommates who fight over food. One conflict is chosen daily as the featured "Case of the Day," and the site even allows litigating parties to submit evidence and invite witnesses to offer testimony. JabberJurors can also try to sway fellow jurors by posting opinionated comments, or "outbursts" in the court, or they can heckle the disputing parties just for fun.

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The site makes it easy to upload a case for JabberJury review with an automated process and enhanced video editing tools. The system allows users to record from their webcam, upload files or both. You can even edit multiple video clips together to create a compelling and entertaining case.

In case the sheer satisfaction of being right is not enough, JabberJury also rewards users with credits, called "Jabbies," that are awarded to litigants who win a case, as well as to the JabberJurors who voted for the winning side. Jabbies can also be earned by inviting friends to join JabberJury.

Jabbies can be redeemed for prizes: the company is filling its Jabbies Stuff catalog and welcomes JabberJurors’ input on what they’d like to see included. In "A Cause Worth Fighting For," Jabbies for Charity can even be donated to the charitable organization of the JabberJuror’s choice in exchange for badges of honor to be placed on their Juror Profiles. Any nonprofit organization is invited to apply for participation in the Jabbies for Charity program.

Features like the outbursts and Jabbies turn JabberJury into a game, creating a friendly competition where users compete for bragging rights, higher status levels, charity badges and Jabbies. In addition to dolling out "social justice" by enabling total strangers in some cases to solve everyday conflicts and etiquette conundrums, its founders say JabberJury offers socially redeeming benefits as well. The site provides a conversation-starting forum and a place to seek out others’ opinions to gauge the validity of your own viewpoint.

About JabberJury

Chicago, Ill.

SOURCE JabberJury

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