Robot lawyer designed to help unrepresented people state their case in court | Law

Robot lawyer designed to help unrepresented people state their case in court

Associate Professor Lyria Bennett Moses speaks to ABC News (29 November 2016) regarding a new online robot lawyer designed to help people represent themselves in court.

Associate Professor Bennett Moses said that the program is extremely useful and a skill that all lawyers should in fact have.

"People entering the legal profession should not only know and understand the law, they should be proficiently skilled to be able to understand these kinds of systems and ideally build them," she said.

However, Associate Professor Bennett Moses said that it inevitably was not as good as having a real human lawyer and that it only worked if the person had "relatively standard predictable answers".

"If you fall outside of that or if you don't understand the question being asked, what you can end up with is not the same thing as you can get with a human," she said.

Associate Professor Bennett Moses also mentioned that it did not eliminate the need for more government funding for legal aid services. "All tools have limitations, they don't cover everyone's case and they don't meet the same need that services like legal aid services are currently meeting," she said.

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