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Judges Given the OK to Use ChatGPT in Legal Rulings


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The Judicial Office said judges should assume that typing something into a chatbot interface is the same as publishing it for all the world to see.

Stories about the potential dangers of AI haven’t stopped lawyers and other officials from diving headfirst into the technology.

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Robots may help determine your legal fate if you end up in a British court. The UK Judicial Office issued guidance Tuesday permitting judges to use ChatGPT and other AI tools to write legal rulings and perform several other tasks.

"The use of Artificial Intelligence ('AI') throughout society continues to increase, and so does its relevance to the court and tribunal system," the Judicial Office, which oversees judges, magistrates, and members of tribunal panels in England and Wales, said in a statement. "The guidance is the first step in a proposed suite of future work to support the judiciary in their interactions with AI."

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