Shocker!!! Checkout This Latest App Which Nigeria May Be Using To Get Accurate Judgements In Courts

By Joshua Amaugo October 24, 2016 15:41

Shocker!!! Checkout This Latest App Which Nigeria May Be Using To Get Accurate Judgements In Courts

In a bid to further ease court processes, especially in obtaining data and passing accurate judgments, an Artificial Intelligence system, tagged AI, has been created to predict outcomes of hundreds of cases.

According to news reports, the AI can predict the verdicts of a case to an accuracy of 79 percent, according to the scientists involved at the ‎European Court of Human Rights.

AI presently, has been adopted by so many field of studies, such as: ‎Journalism, Law, and Accountancy, in a bid to be able to understand the nuances of a legal case.‎

‎Based on the study which was conducted by Researchers at the University College London, UCL, and the Universities of Sheffield and Pennsylvania, the introduction of AI, does not invariably spell an end to Law as a profession.‎

“‎There is a lot of hype about AI, but we don’t see it replacing Judges or Lawyers any time soon.

“What we do think, is they would find it useful for rapidly identifying patterns in cases that lead to certain outcomes,” said Dr Nikolaos Aletras, one of those who led the study at UCL.

Speaking further, he disclosed that, “It could also be a valuable tool for highlighting, which cases are most likely to be violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

‎The Researchers in their findings, identified English language data sets for 584 cases related to 3 articles of the Convention on Human Rights, such as ‎Article 3 (cases involving torture or degrading treatment), ‎Article 6 (rights to a fair trial), ‎and Article 8 (respect for private life)‎.

The 3‎ articles were picked to represent cases about fundamental rights, due to the fact that there is a large amount of published data on them.‎

“The algorithm looked for patterns in the text, and was able to label each case either as a “violation” or “non-violation,” the Researchers said.

In a bid to prevent bias and mis-learning, the team selected an equal number of violation and non-violation cases, for the AI to learn from.

“Ideally, we’d test and refine our algorithm, using the applications made to the court, rather than the published judgments, but without access to that data, we rely on the court-published summaries,” said co-Author, Dr Vasileios Lampos.

A survey of the app, shows that ‎the algorithm tended to get judgments wrong, when there were two similar cases; one a violation, in opposition to the other, suggesting that the platform was not able to detect the finer subtleties of the law.

Although, the next stage is for the Researchers to test the system with more data.‎

“There is no reason why it cannot be extended to understand testimonies from Witnesses or Lawyers’ notes,” Dr Aletras told the BBC.

At a time when it is difficult to wade through vast amount of legal data at the same time, increasing Law firms are turning to AI to help process data, with a speed of light.

‎An Analyst, Matt Jones, said, “It has huge potential as a big timesaver in legal cases, by automating some of the less interesting tasks, and helping people make decisions on chances of success.

“But AI is some way off being used as a tool to advise legal decisions.”

Speaking further, he disclosed that such systems were not yet capable of “understanding nuance”.‎

He said, “‎An AI can make a good guess, but without direct appreciation of the wider context outside of its training data and experience, that guess may be widely off the mark, and in a legal situation that may be dangerous for the case.”

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