Frantic Films delivers the Verdict web drama

The online series, created by Tammy Marlowe Johnson (pictured) and to debut April 4, will feature a weekly trial that web audiences judge using mobile phones and social media.

More Canadian web dramas are on the way: Frantic Films is launching Verdict on April 4, with lead roles going to MMA fighter Keith Jardine, Sarah Allen and Emy Aneke (Smallville).

The web series offers fictional court cases that reflect recent newspaper headlines, and which are ultimately decided by online audience voting at the end of each week’s trial.

“People feel very strongly about law and order, and they’re not shy to share their outrage when they feel an injustice has been handed down in court,” Verdict creator Tammy Marlowe Johnson explained in a statement.

Each weekly court case will examine the evidence and include deliberation with jurors before voting takes place via cell phones, Facebook or the series website.

Marlowe Johnson, a former newspaper reporter, has gone to the web after her one-hour procedural drama The Mark of Cain was recently picked up for development by CTV.

Former lawyer and Flashpoint writer Alex Levine serves as executive story editor of Verdict, while Winnipeg Free Press justice reporter Mike McIntyre has a co-writer credit.

Shaun Johnson at Frantic Films is producing the interactive legal web series.