One emerging application for AI is legal proceedings, with ABC News reporting that Australian law firm Doogue O’Brien George is launching its Robot Lawyers service this week. The official launch will be by Ben Carroll MLA, Parliamentary Secretary for Justice.
The free online service is designed to help unrepresented people state their case to the court. Bill Doogue, a partner at Doogue O’Brien George, said that up to 30% of people go through the court system unrepresented, with many ending up very distressed because they are unable to tell their story.
When a person engages with the Robot Lawyers virtual assistant, it asks a series of questions about their personal circumstances, then emails them a document that can be presented to the court.
Robot Lawyers is not intended to replace the services of a lawyer, and it can only assist in specific circumstances: the person has to be pleading guilty, it has to be a minor offence, and they can’t have a record of prior offences.