Automatic Justice: The Role of AI in Judicial Determination

Event date
9 March 2021
Event time
13:00 - 15:00
Oxford week
Mark Beer OBE

In this event, Mr. Beer will discuss the increasing role of AI in support of Judicial decision making.


AI is already being used by lawyers to analyse terrabytes of data to find supporting evidence for clients, both in commercial and contentious matters. AI is being used to predict judicial and arbitral outcomes, and even to advise on the best time of day to go before a particular judge. AI is proving better at predicting judicial decisions than lawyers, and at predicting recidivism and breach of court orders than experienced judges. AI can sit for more than 7 hours a day, doesn’t take 8 weeks off for summer and receives no salary or index linked pension.

That must make AI a better basis for judging citizens than humans, especially with the Courts facing such significant backlogs?

But what of mercy and humanity? What of equity and justice? What role do they have, and could AI ever be merciful?

The talk will look at the current use cases for AI in support of judicial decision making, the direction of travel and we will debate the possible future role of AI in dispute resolution.

Schedule (UK time)
  • 13:00 - 13.15: Online networking (feel free to bring your own refreshments)
  • 13:15 - 14:00: Speaker presentation
  • 14.00 – 14:30: Q&A
  • 14.30 - 15.00: Open discussion

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