Women at the Table

The Future of AI in the Judiciary: Launch of the UNESCO Survey on the Use of AI by Judicial Operators

Room 15, CICG, 3rd Floor

The interest in adopting artificial intelligence (AI) tools by judicial operators is growing, and their access to generative AI tools has increased in recent years. More recently, judges, prosecutors and lawyers around the globe have started to use chatbots powered by Large Language Models (LLMs) to draft legal documents, legal briefings and elaborate arguments in court hearings.

However, formal guidance on adequately using these tools for individuals or organizations in the justice sector is scarce. Only a few countries around the World have issued policies, rules or guidelines on how judicial operators could adopt and use these tools ethically and responsibly.

These tools can help judges, prosecutors, lawyers, civil servants in legal administration, and researchers improve the quality of their work by facilitating the search for information, automating tasks, and supporting decision-making processes.

Although AI tools can support the core objectives of the justice sector, the negligent use of AI systems by judicial operators may also undermine human rights, such as fair trial and due process, access to justice and effective remedy, privacy and data protection, equality before the law, and non-discrimination, as well as judicial values such as impartiality and accountability.

Session objectives:

This session will discuss:

– Challenges and opportunities for the use of AI in the Judiciary

– Human rights implications of AI that the judiciary must be prepared to address.

– The results of the UNESCO Survey on the Use of AI by Judicial Operators.

Last modified: May 28, 2024