Law and Disorder: A Sims 4 mod for a Maxis-Match Justice System

(January 2023: I’m back to working on this)

(ideas below might be subject to change!)

Sims go about doing all sorts of illegal or misdemeanor-like things without anything happening in consequence and it is time for that to change! With this mod, Sims will have reasons to think twice about doing whatever they’re planning to do before they do it as they could get in trouble for it.

  • Possible judiciary consequences for various actions in game (be they outright crime or just indecency) such as: stealing, bribing, blackmailing, running around naked, harming property or others (spellcasters, I see you), spying the observatory to spy on neighbors, wooohooing or peeing in public, fighting, claiming to be a criminal mastermind, being in the criminal career, etc etc. Basically anything and everything that I can find in game that could have repercussions!
  • New criminal actions (in Sim-style, so, no over-realistic violence or anything such)
  • Justice System: court, varied results to complaints & trials, etc. All in a silly maxis-match vibe
  • Criminal Records: Not only may Sims face trouble if they are reported for something or caught doing something reprehensible – but they will have a record.

These are the activities / categories that I want to be tracked, be able to file complaints about or be caught and get in trouble for.


Note 2: remember, this mod is going for a “Maxis-Match” tone. It isn’t going to be deadly serious. It likely could be a little more serious than shown below in the end, though. I’ll see and adjust as I go.

-Note 3: I do intend for this mod to be customizable in various ways.

-Note 4: gameplay should have not only getting in trouble and getting others in trouble, but also some special lot traits, community service and outreach and other such. 

But once again, I don’t want to make this a hyper-realistic work at all. No matter who you ask, just about everyone agrees that justice systems can be very flawed; I’m not here to represent any existing reality.
  I just think it could be a fun addition to the game to have Sims take each other to court over silly things they do, face Sim-like and Sim-appropriate consequences, and have Sims try to wipe that away from their history with other actions. Something of that vibe.
  Some aspects may sound a bit more real (if a baby is vanished away by the sim-cps, adoption through RPO for that same sim may be more likely to fail, for example), but overall I’m not feeling the hyper-realism vibe on that one.