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NEW DELHI: A fortnight after making it public that judiciary is exploring use of artificial intelligence to speed up justice delivery, Chief Justice S A Bobde on Saturday said traditional methods of arbitration in India could be augmented by use of AI to achieve international standards.
Speaking at an International Conference on ‘Arbitration in the Era of Globalisation’, organised by Indian Council of Arbitration and FICCI, the CJI said, “As we conceptualise international arbitration in a globalised era, we must also be cognisant of the synergistic opportunities available for international arbitration through utilisation of disruptive technologies.”
“Artificial Intelligence could provide immense benefits for the arbitration process and its users. By augmenting human cognitive abilities, AI powered services could assist lawyers in drafting, identification of better authorities, reviewing documents etc. It is also well placed to assist arbitral tribunals in preparation of award, simultaneous judicial review, streamlining case management etc. AI-based analytics system could be used to predict costs, duration and possible resolution including proposing a range of settlement based on analysis of previous arbitrations of similar size and complexity. AI-assisted arbitration holds immense promise for the arbitration community,” he said.
On January 24, CJI Bobde had said he was looking to employ AI, which reads one million characters per second, in judiciary to help judges get gist of voluminous petitions quickly and propel the pace of case disposal.
With the three-tier justice delivery system crawling under the heavy load of nearly three crore cases, he had said, “The AI systems we are currently looking to employ in courts, possesses reading speed of one million characters per second. I can imagine a system similar to this can be used to read and extract all relevant facts, compute tax effect and assist in a myriads of new ways to propel the pace of decision-making.”
Speaking at the 79th Foundation Day function of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), he had said, “Understanding the nature of the matters decided by the Tribunal, artificial intelligence can play a very significant role in docket management and decision-making.”
On use of AI by other jurisdictions, the CJI said, “I find it reassuring to discover that more nations are taking steps towards experimenting and implementing AI in their respective justice delivery systems. This goes to say that we are doing and must continue to do everything in order to tackle with the workload in judicial process. AI, as I see, brings new hope to drive the public faith in our (judicial) institutions.”

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