Chief Justice Roberts Urges Caution in AI Use

He advocates strongly for slow implementation and AI protections in the annual assessment report.

Chief Justice John Roberts outlined the court’s most comprehensive statement on artificial intelligence (AI) thus far in his annual end-of-the-year report for the Supreme Court.

“AI obviously has great potential to dramatically increase access to key information for lawyers and non-lawyers alike,” the chief justice said. “But just as obviously it risks invading privacy interests and dehumanizing the law.“

AI has a number of applications within practices that handle a large amount of data on a regular basis. Chief Justice Roberts stated that AI will “significantly” impact organizational judicial work in the near future, “but any use of AI requires caution and humility.“

“For those who cannot afford a lawyer, AI can help,” the chief justice wrote, saying that the technology can search and fill out the many forms that civilians often pay lawyers high prices to organize and track. 

However, Chief Justice Roberts also pointed to instances in the last year where lawyers used AI-powered chatbots to create fake citations for fake court cases within their arguments, commenting, “(always a bad idea).” Like many federal officials, the chief justice anticipates that regulations enacted in 2024 will leverage the benefits of AI while mitigating the risks of its misuse within legal processes. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the chief justice to be directed by God as he heads the Supreme Court.
  • For the justices of the court as they receive requests for injunctions in lower court cases and determine which cases to accept.

Sources: The Hill

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