A court of appeal judge has used ChatGPT to provide a summary of an area of law, and called the chatbot that is powered by artificial intelligence “

Court of appeal judge praises ‘jolly useful’ ChatGPT after asking it for legal summary

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2023-09-15 14:00:07

A court of appeal judge has used ChatGPT to provide a summary of an area of law, and called the chatbot that is powered by artificial intelligence “jolly useful”.

Lord Justice Birss, who specialises in intellectual property law, said that he asked the AI tool to provide a summary of an area of law and received a paragraph that he felt was acceptable as an answer.

At a conference held by the Law Society, he said generative large language models had “real potential”, The Law Gazette reported.

“I think what is of most interest is that you can ask these large language models to summarise information. It is useful and it will be used and I can tell you, I have used it,” he said.

“I’m taking full personal responsibility for what I put in my judgment, I am not trying to give the responsibility to somebody else. All it did was a task which I was about to do and which I knew the answer and could recognise as being acceptable.”

In June, Sir Geoffrey Vos, master of the rolls and head of civil justice, said legal regulators and courts may need to control how lawyers use AI systems such as ChatGPT and there would need to be mechanisms to deal with the use of generative AI in the legal system.

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