Chinese Courts Are Working to Introduce AI Into Their Case Handling Systems, Official Says
Tang Shihua
/SOURCE : Yicai
Chinese Courts Are Working to Introduce AI Into Their Case Handling Systems, Official Says

(Yicai Global) July 31 -- Chinese courts have been working to introduce artificial intelligence into their case handling systems, an official from China's Supreme People's Court said recently.

"Under the influence of artificial intelligence, the court's future model will change a lot," quoted He Fan, director of the Supreme People's Court's judicial reform planning office, as saying on July 28. "It will change the judge's decision-making model. In the past, judges could make rulings based on what they saw and thought in court and how they understood the law, but now they may need AI software to arrive at a decision. In addition, artificial intelligence will make some changes in how proceedings go."

"As artificial intelligence advances, there may be a need for internet litigation laws to be developed in the future," He said.

Shanghai is trying out an auxiliary intelligent criminal case handling system, He said. The system integrates data from the public security bureau, public prosecutors and the court, enabling the AI to remind investigators about laws and rules for dealing with evidence to ensure they are strictly followed.

"When the police want to arrest suspects, the system will automatically indicate what other key evidence is missing and what flaws the evidence has," said He. "When prosecutors want to prosecute suspects, the system will prompt them to say that 80 percent of similar cases were not prosecuted. When the judge has decided on a judgment and uploaded the written judgment into the system, it will automatically create a prompt saying that the judgment is not the same as that of nearly 85 percent of similar situations seen by the court and its superior courts. It will ask whether the judge insists on continuing with the decision. If the judge does, the system will automatically send the verdict to the presiding judge for discussion." 

The system has been piloted in 25 courts since May 3 and has processed information from tens of thousands of files, documents and criminal cases in Shanghai. Using big data, cloud computing and AI as its kernel, the system can already aid in evidence collection, information verification and logic analysis.

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