The New Face of Justice in 2019? It's Artificial Intelligence!
By Saheli Roy Chowdhuri
Delayed courtroom proceedings and delayed verdicts are going to be a thing of the past.
We’re in the year 2019 now, and this year is going to herald a new start for the justice system of our country.
This is because Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are beginning to transform the legal profession in many ways. It’s going to become the smartest profession, which will offer legal advice to clients, negotiate deals for them and even appear in court as a lawyer!
Also, the good news is that these developments are already happening. A court in Shanghai become China's first court to use an artificial intelligence-supported software to help in judicial hearings. The technology has helped the judges and prosecutors to identify defendants and witnesses along with identifying and verifying evidences.
Sounds exciting right? Let’s find out in what ways AI is going to make its presence felt in the justice system soon.
Faster and more effective legal research
With speed and precision with which AI can go through data, burden of legal research can be reduced for a human analyst. With proper document tagging, research can be simplified freeing human hours to be spent on tasks that need a personal connection like meeting clients, representing them in court etc.
Intelligent due diligence
With every new case, legal professionals have to spend time on doing legwork like due diligence, in order to provide the right advice. This time spent in legwork can be monotonous and time-consuming. AI can help in making this entire process more efficient and faster.
Take for example a situation where your flight got cancelled, because of a reason which was not your fault. You want to claim compensation, but the process is lengthy and expensive. What can you do then? You can turn to the AI legal firm AirHelp and its team of AI lawyers and helpful bots can help you fight for your right to monetary compensation for your cancelled flights! Amazing right?
Smarter contract reviews
As with the glamorous outlook that we often have about lawyers on television, legal life is spent more in negotiations than in courtrooms in the 21st-century corporate world. Lawyers are working on behalf of their clients, to go through contracts, analyses and raise flags on various risks and various other compliances. This review and management of contracts can be handled more effectively with the help of AI.
At the start of every case, the questions always are guilty or not guilty? With the help of AI, years of recorded data, available information, the outcome can be predicted right at the outset. Which can also act as a factor in better representation of the plea and thus saving time and legal process in chasing an impossible decision. It has also been known to be employed by judges in court to make more data-driven decisions.
In all, it is not meant to be replaced human expertise, it is to allow its enhancement like any other technology. From iPhones to Alexa, technology has taken over most part of our lives, and after a point, its fascination wears off and only becomes a tool for better decision making. So be a part of the AI industry by joining Manipal ProLearn’s PG Certificate Program in AI & DL.