Lord Chief Justice announces AI Advisory Group

March 4, 2019

Lord Burnett of Maldon, the current Lord Chief Justice, has set up a new AI Advisory to provide the senior judiciary with guidance on

  • the likely impact of developments in AI on the Judiciary and the court system; 
  • ways of ensuring that judges are sufficiently trained on AI and its impact; 
  • the most pressing legal, ethical, policy, cultural and economic effects of AI. 

The 10 person team is to be chaired by Professor Richard Susskind, President of the Society for Computers & Law, who will lead a team made up of senior judges (including Lord Neuberger, past President of the UK Supreme Court; Sir Geoffrey Vos, Chancellor of the High Court; and Lady Justice Sharp, Vice-President of the Queen’s Bench Division) and leading experts on AI and law (including Kay Firth-Butterfield, the Head of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum and Professor Katie Atkinson, past president of the International Association for AI and Law). 

Announcing the initiative Lord Burnett said;

“AI is clearly one of the most important technologies of our day. So far, however, here and around the world, insufficient attention has been paid by judges to its impact on the work of the courts. Our new group should remedy this gap.”

You can read the full announcement on the Judiciary website.