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AI Joins Judiciary: Colombian Judge Claims to Used ChatGPT in His Ruling

Judge added that the implementation of AI in the judicial processes would not act against Columbian law

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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COLOMBIA: Juan Manuel Padilla, a Colombian judge confessed on Thursday in the city of Cartagena that he used an artificial intelligence-backed chatbot, ChatGPT, to arrive at a specific decision on a case.

Colombian judge used ChatGPT for ruling on legal cases

Padilla told a radio broadcaster, “I am amazed that artificial intelligence was used in this verdict, which is the first in the nation. Though I am aware of the worries of many, my choice is wholly independent, private, and personal.”

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“Artificial intelligence, on the other hand, aids in the development of a textual chain that facilitates the rendering of judgement and decision-making,” he continued.

He further reinstated that the implementation of such tools in the country’s judicial processes would not act against Columbian laws but rather save a lot of time.

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Since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colombian courts have changed their means to foster legal renderings by using digital devices, including the AI-powered chatbot.

The judge said, “Due to the fact that the equality principle is upheld when precedents are taken into consideration, ChatGPT is even able to predict the outcome of a court case. The judge is not rendered inert by the use of these and other tools; judgements are still independent and autonomous.”

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Padilla, according to the legal documents, asked ChatGPT about the actual legal matter at hand, and his response coincided with the judge’s final decision.

This platform has caused a lot of chaos and doubt as teachers in schools fear children might use these tools to plagiarise work. On Tuesday, a student of the Russian State University for the Humanities used Al’s ChatGPT and completed his thesis with less than 15% of plagiarism, procuring a “satisfactory” grade.

Prof. Juan David Gutierrez of Rosario University completely opposed the idea of the legal court depending upon Al in order to ensure justice. He called for immediate “digital literacy” training for judges.

Octavio Tejeiro, a judge in Colombia’s supreme court, was of the opinion that Al caused a lot of panic in the court of law as he feared judges would be replaced by robots.

He said, “Judges should not use ChatGPT when ruling on legal cases” as “it is not a substitute for the knowledge, expertise, and judgement of a human judge.”

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