Will AI transform the Indian judiciary, take over jobs?

The Punjab & Haryana HC is gearing to employ artificial intelligence to look for similar pending cases so that they can be settled fast


It is a known fact that the Chief Justice of India (CJI) has been all in support of using technology in the judiciary not as a choice but because technology is an integral part of the legal system these days. Now, the Punjab & Haryana High Court is all set to employ artificial intelligence (AI) to identify similar cases that have already been settled so that pending cases can be disposed of without any delay.

The Court noticed that there were innumerable cases of litigations emerging even though there is an earlier settled law. The state government was asked to find all the pending cases pertaining to similar issues and present them for disposal at the earliest. The court suggested that the state government use AI to search for similar cases.

Quite recently, the Supreme Court signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IIT Madras for the use of AI and other emerging technologies for streaming platform for various court trials, for transcription and summarisation of page transcripts, as well as for process automation and large languages models.

The tie-up will also see AI tools being used in training, creation of e-learning platforms and skill-development courses in the legal domain.

This MoU is expected to digitally transform the Indian judiciary and make it more efficient. As a result, the access to justice will also improve.

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