Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Judicial Guidance

Lady Chief JusticeMaster of the RollsSenior President of TribunalsPractice Guidance

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The use of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) throughout society continues to increase, and so does its relevance to the court and tribunal system. All judicial office holders must be alive to the potential risks. Of particular importance, as the guidance document emphasises, is the need to be aware that the public versions of these tools are open in nature and therefore that no private or confidential information should be entered into them.

Following consultation with all judicial office holders, this guidance has been produced by a cross-jurisdictional judicial group to assist the judiciary, their clerks, and other support staff on the use of AI.

We would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation and to the members of the cross-jurisdictional working group who have assisted in producing the guidance document.

The guidance is the first step in a proposed suite of future work to support the judiciary in their interactions with AI. All work will be reviewed as technology continues to develop. In future, the judicial group intends to consider:

  • Publishing an FAQ document to support the guidance. The judiciary in both courts and tribunals will be invited to submit questions through a survey. Those questions will be answered in the FAQ document and published on the judicial intranet.

Baroness Carr of Walton-on-the-Hill
Lady Chief Justice of England & Wales

Sir Geoffrey Vos
Master of the Rolls

Sir Keith Lindblom
Senior President of Tribunals

Lord Justice Colin Birss
Deputy Head of Civil Justice