Technology and the Judicial Role

in Gabrielle Appleby and Andrew Lynch (eds), The Judge, the Judiciary and the Court: Individual, Collegial and Institutional Judicial Dynamics in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

38 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2019 Last revised: 4 Mar 2021

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Monika Zalnieriute

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Felicity Bell

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Technology is often seen as having transformational capacity to improve societal institutions, and the judiciary has not been an exception to this trend. For a number of years, courts around the world have invested in digital uplift projects. Beyond the routine use of technology to improve judicial systems, which is widely accepted and largely self-explanatory, many jurisdictions are increasingly investigating more sophisticated applications. Governments and courts are asking whether and to what extent machine learning techniques and other artificial intelligence applications should play a role in assisting tribunals and judiciary in decision-making. In this Chapter, we ask how these new uses of technology might, in turn, impact judicial values and judges’ own sense of themselves, and even transform the role of judges.

Keywords: Technology, AI, Algorithms, Automation, Automated Decision-Making, Judiciary, Courts, Judges, Judicial Values, Online Courts, Transparency, Accountability, Impartiality, Diversity.

Suggested Citation

Zalnieriute, Monika and Bell, Felicity, Technology and the Judicial Role (2020). in Gabrielle Appleby and Andrew Lynch (eds), The Judge, the Judiciary and the Court: Individual, Collegial and Institutional Judicial Dynamics in Australia (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3492868 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3492868

Monika Zalnieriute (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Felicity Bell

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - UNSW Law & Justice ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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