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Artificial Intelligence, Legal fraternity and Supreme Court

As the advent of Artificial intelligence has bought a revolution in the field of machine learning and its impact on various sectors, judiciary and courts are not untouched. Recently, SA Bobde, the Chief Justice of India, announced that the Apex Court (Supreme court) should be adopting AI very soon. It is being claimed that AI shall facilitate in administrating justice delivery; also, it was specified that this would not amount to replacement of wisdom and knowledge of the human judges. Substantiating the same the CJI in his words said “We propose to introduce, if possible, a system of artificial intelligence. There are many things which we need to look at before we introduce ourselves. We do not want to give the impression that this is ever going to substitute the judges.” The main objective to bring AI seems to speed law-related translation and will facilitate effective and authentic translation and will further help in improving the efficiency of the Indian Judicial System.

In furtherance of this, there are two development bought. Firstly, Official Multilingual Mobile App. of the Supreme Court of India, which will be available for download on the website of the Supreme Court and would provide authentic real-time reach to display board, daily orders, case status, office reports, judgements, circulars and various other required and useful information advocates, clients and citizens. Secondly, Supreme Court Vidhik Anuvaad Software‘ short-termed as ‘SUVAS’ shall also be presented to Hon’ble the President of India, on this occasion. SUVAS is a machine-assisted translation tool trained by Artificial Intelligence. This Tool is specially designed for Judicial Domain and at present, has the capacity and capability of translating English Judicial documents, Orders or Judgments into nine vernacular languages scripts and vice versa. Further, the CJI indicated that our constitution is based on popularity and plurality and through this constitution, a billion voices speak and articulate, and hence this is bought up to supplant the rights of people speaking different languages.This is the first step towards the introduction of Artificial Intelligence in Judicial Domain. Hopefully, the project may bring the intended result in bringing efficiency and efficacy along with convenience in court cases. One of the prerequisites in achieving such goal is introducing competent technology which can support such activity. The new change shall not just increase the feasibility of various stakeholders but also will bring a cost-effective method in translation and other services. However, as stated above the intervention of AI is restricted in providing auxiliary facilities, whereas the role of judges remains the same in giving judgements and reasoning.

– Ankitashri Tripathi