The Supreme Court (SC) is looking to make research on legalities easier and faster as it plans to leverage artificial intelligence within its e-library.

Taking place at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, Silliman University in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, the disclosure was made by SC Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, on Saturday, Aug. 26, during the alumni homecoming of the Silliman University Law Alumni Association (SULAW).

The announcement highlights AI’s role in facilitating quicker and easier access to legal references.

Gesmundo said that the AI feature will coincide with the “redevelopment of the Judiciary E-LIBRARY” that will improve its legal research capabilities.

The need to incorporate AI appears to provide a solution to the problematic status quo of legal research, said to be akin to “looking for a needle in haystacks upon haystacks.” Gesmundo added that the technology must be used to the fullest to enhance the process.

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Drawing from the same technology that made ChatGPT stand out—or via natural language processing—the chief magistrate said that they will install a search engine that’s specially designed to give “more accurate and reliable results.”

Underpinned by machine learning, the AI’s algorithm is also expected to improve by itself over time through user feedback, he added.

Examples of how AI will become handy for legal research include analysis according to words and phrases from previous cases or legal precedents and forecasting probable outcomes for fresh cases.

As one of the projects under the SC’s judicial reform blueprint, the Strategic Plan for Judicial Innovations 2022-2027 (SPJI), the proposed AI-enabled research tool is already in the works.

Source: Supreme Court of the Philippines

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