Could Your Next Judge or Lawyer Be a Robot? Tech Firms Make Case for AI

You enter the courtroom, and who do you meet? Mr. Robot as the presiding judge of your case; how would it feel? Well, it’s not a question of, if that would even be possible, according to AI developers and legal profession analysts, it’s about convincing both the public and lawyers that, that’s where we are headed to.

A few months ago, machine intelligence assisted the panel to analyze a court case, which found the accused guilty and convicted him to life imprisonment. Although there is an appeal already filed against the verdict that bases its argument in the credibility of the algorithms, citing that it was biased; this is evidence that agents are taking over the serious businesses in courtrooms.

AI is Already Handling Lawyer Related Tasks

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On various occasions, we’ve seen how artificial intelligence has helped attorneys execute their legal responsibilities, faster and more accurately. A while ago an AI platform named LawGeek proved that it can practically beat lawyers at their game.

In a contest to evaluate legal contracts, AI emerged first, completing the task in under a minute and with 100% accuracy, as opposed to 20 national’s best human attorneys, who took close to 2 hours doing the same job, with the leading human scoring only 97% in accuracy.

BillyBot another legal AI acquired by LISA is able to create free legal binding NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) after a few minute chat with the clients. Well, it’s obvious that this is not good news for clerks employed by law firms, but it’s already happening.

Taking a completely different approach, Attorney IO, LLC, is another AI-powered legal technology platform, designed to help lawyers, by matching legal documents (such as opinions, briefs, memos and the rest,) in the quest to identify similarities and patterns of evidence that constitute a winning case.

The operating concept behind Attorney IO is to provide an additional set of artificial eyes, as well as help compare client’s “submissions” with millions of legal cases in their database. Which, in another perspective could make lawyers fully depended on machine intelligence to increase their chances of winning a case.

When AI will Operate Fully as a Lawyer

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Imagine a scenario when attorneys will have built enough trust with agents to take their AI assistants to the courtroom to represent their clients. Let’s say two Amazon Eco speakers battling it out in front of the judge, each trying to prove its argument, can I say that’s exactly where we are going? Maybe yes.

In the quest to empower the public, DoNotPay an intelligent chatbot which launched last year got an upgrade, a feature that made it possible for users to file lawsuits directly against Equifax, a firm that leaked private data for 143 million Americans. So who happens to be the lawyer here? DoNotPay, right?

AI in form of chatbots to be particular is expected to dominate customer assistant tasks even in the law industry. Clients may in future benefit from low cost or free legal advice, by chatting with these agents, TurboTax being a good example of this. In that line, the founder of DoNotPay, Joshua Browder said that he plans to “level the legal playing ground; such that both the poor and the rich can gain access to legal advice.”

Will AI Invention Shake Legal Related Jobs

According to the most recent research, by McKinsey, a consultant group, 22% of lawyer-related tasks can be tackled better by machine intelligence. Top on that, 35% of tasks performed by law clerks are already automatable.

For example, a program christened COIN or Contract Intelligence managed to execute a task in seconds, a scope which would have taken up to 360,000 hours for legal clerks to complete. So yes, odds are that certain jobs will go to robots, but it’s obvious that other slots of opportunities will open.

AI-Powered Robotic Judges

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Now, here comes the most questioned approach of AI’s application — a Robot presiding over lawsuits! While researchers are working hard to bring this concept into reality, citing that a machine would offer the fairest judgment because it cannot be bribed, or would not give verdicts that are emotionally influenced, still there is a lot that needs to be clarified.

Experts confirm that AI can easily detect lies in the courtroom. But, critics say the algorithms are not fool-proof and can be biased. But even with these concerns, researchers still insist that we can have a robot as the judge — as long as engineers from both sides are able to confirm that the algorithm in the system is fair and trustworthy.