Monday, July 02, 2018

Artificial Intelligence

In March 2018, the Justice and Security Commission of the Netherlands Parliament Second Chamber held a round table on artificial intelligence in the justice domain. Here is the summary of my speaking notes, on AI and courts. The original was, of course, in Dutch. This English version I wrote for the session on Artificial Intelligence by the Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) session on June 27 2018 in Strasbourg.

AI for courts, in brief (this is the summary)
What use can artificial intelligence (AI) have for courts, and what does that take? In court cases, judges reduce complexity, but all court work is by no means complex, bespoke work. Courts do not process all cases in the same way, and consequently, they need information technology suited to the different ways. Therefore, AI can be useful for different types of courts cases in different ways. Some forms of AI have already proven themselves in practice. But will robots replace judges, as some people have been claiming for more than twenty years? There is still no evidence to support it. Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights prescribes fair procedure. It will take a lot of work to make AI conform to that standard. Legal information needs to be structured and given meaning, in order to make the information not only readable, but also actionable, including decision making. Providing an explanation is, in the foreseeable future, not yet feasible for AI. AI can help people looking for information, parties in a case and judges with structuring information, and if legal information is enriched, also with advice and suggestions.  read the full note here