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INNOVATION IN LAW : A Pathway for Speedy Justice in India

We have noticed that, the Covid- pandemic has completely altered how we function, and while it is a great challenge. Also, it is common knowledge that the Indian judiciary suffers from the issue of a vast backlog of litigation. There are more than 4.5 crore litigation’s pending in courts all over India.  As new-age technologies have penetrated almost all industries, their use in law and order can prove to be of immense help in improving our judicial system.

Meaning of Artificial intelligence(AI)  

AI is a system that has the capability and ability to solve problems that we humans would normally solve using our natural intelligence and are rapidly infiltrating the practice of law and you may be wondering about what is AI out there or on the way and how you use them. We can say that AI in legal practice is just early beginnings which will bring radical technology based disruption to the practice of law.

Use of Artificial Intelligence in Law

The Supreme Court recently unveiled a tool named SUPACE (Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court Efficiency), an Artificial Intelligence-based portal to assist judges with research. Make no mistake, it is not designed to take a decision, only to process facts and provide inputs to enable decision-making by judges. But it has opened up a debate of sorts on how much AI can be used to dispense justice. This will help in speedy disposal of cases, increase efficiency and transparency in the administrative process.

Lawyers can use data points from past case law, win/loss rates and a judge’s history to be used in trends and patterns in legal outcomes. An AI software generates results that forecast litigation outcome and one of the most significant disruptions in using the predictive analytics to analyze the extensive volume of data and case law research. In due diligence, it helps in quickly identify exactly where relevant documents are located and what content they contain. This enables companies to close the deal faster in merger and accusation, with less risk and more revenue.

Meaning of Online dispute resolution(ODR)

Similarly, ODR is a method of using technology to facilitate the resolution of disputes between parties. It combines the social science of alternative dispute resolution with pre-built workflow and sophisticated communications technology to help parties resolve their disputes though online negotiation, mediation and arbitration.

How an ODR is designing the Future of Dispute Resolution

The action plan report on Online Dispute Resolution Policy Plan for India had been made by a committee constituted at the peak of the Covid crisis by NITI Aayog on ODR and chaired by Supreme Court Justice (Retd) AK Sikri to scale dispute avoidance, containment and resolution online and thereafter,NITI Aayog had launch the first of its kind ODR handbook, this book will be an invitation to business leaders to adopt ODR in India.

This ODR handbook was launched by Supreme Court Judge Justice DY Chandrachud who stated the unique handbook on ODR had the potential to become a watershed document for the dispute resolution ecosystem in India which also mentioned some of the ODR service providers in India e.g. YesSettle, webnyay, presolv360 etc.

Conclusion:

Advances in technology have altered the legal industry’s outlook and has numerous benefits in the field of law : it has helped the legal professionals in quick research; it can assist judges in decision-making processes with its predictive technology; it can be useful for law firms for due diligence work, data collection, and other tasks, all of which make their work more efficient; and it is useful for law firms for due diligence work, data collection, and other tasks, all of which make their work more efficient.

About The Author

Rajinder Sharma is in legal profession and is based at Chandigarh(India). With an entrepreneurial bent of mind, he loves to explore new and innovative technology solutions in the field of law. He has also founded yessettle.com, an ODR platform.

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