The Supreme Court of India launched the first Artificial Intelligence-driven research portal "Supreme Court Portal for Assistance in Court’s Efficiency" (SUPACE) on April 06, 2021.

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde described it as a ‘hybrid system’ and ‘a perfect blend of human intelligence and machine learning’ that does wonder when paired with human intelligence.

CJI Bobde stressed the fact that Artificial Intelligence (AI) would not play any role in decision making in the court. He stated that AI is better at processing words and figures; hence it will only collect all the necessary important data, discover facts, and present it to the Judges, the final call will rest with the Judges.

CJI designate N V Ramana said that the launch of SUPACE marks an important historical day in the history of Supreme Court of India and the Judiciary. “Introduction of the AI tool is another feather in the cap of CJI,” he added. This will assist the Judiciary system to reduce pendency and faster deliverance of justice to needy people.

The technical team behind the development of the AI tool presented a live demo of SUPACE at the launch event.

Additionally, the use of AI in Motor Accidents Claim Tribunals is being explored and a special Sub Committee has been formed for this.

Justice Ramana said, “We are already burdened with so much pendency and other problems like finding out, taking out important facts and issues that parties raised and doing that with this tool is very easy.” He added that with time it could be understood to input in the system.

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