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Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence

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Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence

The Artificial Judge

9781788978255 Edward Elgar Publishing
Tania Sourdin, Professor of Law, Dean, University of Newcastle, Australia
Publication Date: May 2021 ISBN: 978 1 78897 825 5 Extent: c 256 pp
New and emerging technologies are reshaping justice systems and transforming the role of judges. The impacts vary according to how structural reforms take place and how courts adapt case management processes, online dispute resolution systems and justice apps. Significant shifts are also occurring with the development of more sophisticated forms of Artificial Intelligence that can support judicial work or even replace judges. These developments, together with shifts towards online court processes are explored in Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence.

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New and emerging technologies are reshaping justice systems and transforming the role of judges. The impacts vary according to how structural reforms take place and how courts adapt case management processes, online dispute resolution systems and justice apps. Significant shifts are also occurring with the development of more sophisticated forms of Artificial Intelligence that can support judicial work or even replace judges. These developments, together with shifts towards online court processes are explored in Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence.

By considering how different jurisdictions are approaching current and future technological shifts and in particular by focusing on the different approaches in the US, UK, Australia and China and elsewhere, the author draws a rich comparative exploration of justice technology trends. Judicial commentary is considered as well as the growing scholarly discourse about these trends. Ethical and user centred design options are examined in the context of how responsive judges engage with supportive, replacement and disruptive technologies in courts.

This book is relevant to current issues about the responsiveness of the justice system in the pandemic era, and how technology can respond and shift justice processes is a growing field of research, for judges, scholars, students and justice commentators. It provides a much-needed resource on an increasingly important topic.
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‘This book focuses on how new information technologies can support judges and lawyers. It explores the extent to which technological developments might replace judges, in at least some aspects of their work. Human justice requires protection of ethical frameworks, litigant vulnerability and sensitivity to diversity. The author is aware of the limits of change. But no practitioner can be complacent about difficulties and costs of access to the law. The author challenges us to think creatively and questioningly about the status quo.’
– The Honorable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Past Justice of the High Court of Australia

‘For fifty years, the legal community has avoided investigating the impact that Artificial Intelligence might have on the law. Then suddenly it has become petrified that robo-justice might become the norm. Tania Sourdin is an esteemed scholar and researcher in Artificial Intelligence, technology and law. In her book Judges, Technology and Artificial Intelligence she conducts a comprehensive excellent study of how technology is changing the way that we practice law.’
– John Zeleznikow, Latrobe University Law School, Australia

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