February 03, 2020 INTRODUCTION

Artificial Intelligence in Our Legal System

By Judge John C. Allen IV

The judicial profession is, for the most part, a reactive profession. Considering the extent to which court rules govern the conduct litigation, the Rules of Judicial Conduct, and the foundational philosophy of providing litigants with an impartial arbiter that is unbiased, courts are restrained in how they may keep abreast of the evolving nature of technology and its implementation within our society. Courts are generally required to resolve disputes concerning new and untested technology without having the benefit of in-depth exploration that other professions would have available. Instead, decisions are made based on the evidence propounded by the litigants, which by its nature is slanted to present a particular viewpoint favorable to the presenting party. Thus, a judge must sort through unknown territory to understand the substance of the material behind the controversy to make a fair ruling.

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