Sandra Day O'Connor is developing a free interactive Web program for middle-schoolers on the U.S. court system.

The program will be called "Our Courts" and allow students to participate in realistic government simulations and investigate and argue actual cases.

Arizona State and Georgetown universities are helping the retired Supreme Court justice develop the program.

Arizona State professor James Paul Gee says the program will teach children the importance of free and independent courts in a democracy.

The Web site will be launched this fall.