The computer as Robot lawyer

August 24, 2006

The most controversial aspect of the various attempts to automate legal tasks (`the computer as a robot lawyer’) is the attempt to develop programs which give advice on the application of the law to a user’s particular legal problem. These are usually called `legal expert systems’, but could equally be called `computerised legal advisory systems’. They are regarded as one part of a more general development of expert systems research in many areas unrelated to law. Expert systems are `computer programs which perform complex tasks at a level which is at or near the level expected of a human expert’

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One Response to “The computer as Robot lawyer”

  1. I think that conceptually such an idea would be quite functional, however my concern would be the ability of the layman ‘user’ with the legal problem to be able to define, categorise and imput the parameters of their particular legal problem for the ‘robot lawyer’ to process. This would raise the issue that while such advisory system may efficiently deal with the legal issue imputed to process, the reliability and validity of such advice would only be as good as the initial legal issues identified/imputed for assessment. Such computerised legal advisory may therefore be limited to the validity of the underlying assumptions and interpretations of the legal ‘problem’ which the user had defined when seeking such advice.

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