Artificial Intelligence Judges: Will Justice Be Done By Robots?

Humans have always strived at complicating things in order to simplify them, and the advancement in technology has always helped us for good. So much so, that the growth in artificial intelligence will now be capable of critically analysing and judging court trials.

During the course of the research, the virtual judge had assessed over 584 cases pertaining to torture, degrading treatment, and privacy. Surprisingly, the verdicts that it gave were found to be the same as those given in court trials, in 79% of the cases. However, researchers do say that it will be long before full efficiency of the AI judge can be guaranteed.

Are We Heading Towards Virtual Courts With Artificial Intelligence?


No matter how fascinating the Artificial Intelligence judge sounds, it is not made to replace the existing court system. The method has been designed by the researchers at University College London (UCL) and is intended to invent a tool that will help in analysing and identifying patterns that lead to certain judgements, especially in recognising those that violate the European Convention on Human Rights.

How Does It Work?

An important fact that has to be noted is that court judgements are not always based on legal arguments, but non-legal facts also tend to play a major role in the verdict. Therefore, designing a tool that will judge only on the basis of legal arguments will be useless in the long run.

The AI judge has been made keeping this factor in mind. The verdicts given out by the AI judge depend on the language used during trials, as well as the topic and the incidents mentioned in the case texts. These are then analysed according to the set algorithm, and a verdict is announced.

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An important factor that might increase the chances of inaccuracy is that the Artificial Intelligence judge’s verdict is highly dependent on presentation. Even if the facts and figures are well-analysed, manipulative language can change the course of the verdict. Although this is a widely applied technique in courtrooms, the intelligence of the human brain will no longer be a factor to understand the same.

Though this technology seeks to improve the efficiency of courts, the effort seems a little redundant. Not only can the verdicts be manipulated, but this will just increase our dependency on technology for situations that do not require it. Thus, leading to a more disorganised society.

For something that seeks to assist in analysing data, and is not aimed at replacing lawyers and judges, it will be left as a mere tool that may or may not be put to use.

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