UK judge rates ChatGPT as ‘jolly useful’ after using it to help write a decision

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AI in brief A judge working at the UK’s Court of Appeal has admitted he used ChatGPT to help him write a ruling.

Speaking at a Law Society event, Lord Justice Birss said he turned to ChatGPT to generate a paragraph for court documents in a case related to intellectual property law.

Birss said he directly copied and pasted the words into the ruling he wrote, adding that tools like ChatGPT had “great potential,” the UK’s Telegraph reported.

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

Birss’s remarks are thought to be the first reported instance of a British judge admitting to using generative AI software in their work.

As such it is controversial, as ChatGPT makes many errors. In the US, two lawyers were heavily criticized for using the chatbot to defend a client in court after judges realized the software had generated false information.

“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 to and could recognize as being acceptable,” Birss argued.




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