Fraud Authority Sets ‘Robo-Lawyer’ to Work on Cases

Extract from Max Walters’ article “Fraud authority sets ‘robo-lawyer’ to work on cases”

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has today announced that artificial intelligence (AI) which can work 2,000 times faster than a human lawyer will be used on all new casework.

Through automatic document analysis, the agency will be able to ‘investigate more quickly, reduce costs and achieve a lower error rate’ than through the work of human lawyers, it said.

A pilot ‘robot’ able to process more than half a million documents a day, was implemented by the SFO to scan for legal professional privilege content in its case against Rolls-Royce. The SFO said the new system, called ‘Axcelerate’ and produced by software company OpenText, will be rolled out alongside the ’robot’. The office said this will enable SFO staff to ’better target their work and time in other aspects of investigative and prosecutorial work’.

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