Precedence Campaign Primer

February 8, 2020

With the imminent launch of Aragon Court Phase 2, it's time to provide some insight into what’s next. As indicated in the Aragon Network launch phases, Phase 2 will represent the first term of Aragon Court, and over 200 jurors will be active and prepared to adjudicate disputes. However, Aragon Court will not be usable by organizations in the Client until Aragon Agreements are implemented in Phase 3, so what will jurors do until then?

To prepare Aragon Court and the juror community for real disputes, Phase 2 will introduce the concept of case law to Aragon Court. The protocol and jurors will be tested through a series of mock disputes to establish a precedent history subscribers and jurors alike can refer to when reasoning about how a given dispute may resolve in the future.

For early jurors, the precedence campaign is an opportunity to establish the reputation and utility of Aragon Court as a dispute resolution provider. If we collectively resolve disputes fairly and consistently, we can expect to attract subscribers in the future more easily, and if we fail, we likely can expect the opposite. This feedback loop will always be present within Aragon Court, but it is especially relevant in the earliest days.

The disputes presented during the precedence campaign may be manufactured scenarios or hypothetical scenarios, but the outcome of the disputes establish real precedence that will shape and inform future usage.

Mock Disputes


Real mechanics

From the perspective of Aragon Court’s protocol, the mock disputes created as part of the precedence campaign will be treated no differently than a real dispute.

A dispute will be created, fees will be paid, evidence will be submitted, and there will be an opportunity for anyone to escalate the dispute through the appeals process if they feel a larger set of jurors should review the result.

Simulated content

A mock dispute may be an entirely manufactured scenario, there will be an agreement and evidence presented, but there won't be any way to validate the facts presented in the evidence externally. In these cases, we expect that everything presented in evidence is factually accurate and will not conflict with one another. The actual arguments may be conflicting but not the facts established in the evidence. In the event there is perceived conflict in evidence that makes it impossible to determine an accurate ruling, then jurors may select "refuse to rule".

Other mock disputes may reference a real situation where evidence can reference publicly accessible information jurors can use to establish the facts of a case more definitively, in these cases, the situation presented will be real, but the agreement and the arguments relating the facts of the dispute will be mocked.

The entire community will be able to watch disputes and discuss them, but drafted jurors cannot ever reveal their vote commitment, or they will be penalized.

When & how to participate

The first dispute and draft will start on Thursday, February 13th at 16:00 UTC (72 hours after Aragon Court launches on February 10th). After that, new disputes will be introduced weekly but may increase to multiple disputes per week.

If you have not yet become a juror, go to and pre-activate your ANJ, so you are eligible to adjudicate disputes when the precedence campaign begins.

The pre-activation rate of 1 ANT per 100 ANJ will end on February 10th, 00:00 UTC. You must have 10,000 ANJ to become a juror.

We've also created an experimental Aragon Discord server where jurors can discuss the Precedence Campaign. Come say hi!

More information about the Juror Dashboard, including a User Guide and Juror Dashboard on Rinkeby, will be released February 10th-12th so jurors can familiarize themselves with their tools before the first dispute begins on February 13th.