A specialized expert system for judicial decision support

Vishwas P. Pethe, Charles P. Rippey, Laxmikant V Kale

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Abstract

An expert system for assisting judges in deciding a specific set of cases was described. The system is complete: rather than just a demonstrative example of how expert system technology can be applied to law, it attempts to be a system that can be used in real-life situations. This required us to incorporate some features in addition to the standard inference-engine related features found in expert systems. In particular, we find the decision-composing part of JEDA interesting, and worthy of further development. JEDA itself does not "make" decisions, although it suggests them once they become evident based on the judge's input to the system, and takes the judges along the required steps, leaving the judicial decisions to the judge. We believe this is crucial if such systems were to be acceptable to the legal community. The inference engine itself is written in Prolog. As a result addition and modification of rules is fairly easy (and declarative). The system is equipped with modern graphics user interface, and was actually used by one of the authors who is a judge responsible for such cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, ICAIL 1989
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages190-194
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)0897913221
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 1989
Event2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, ICAIL 1989 - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: Jun 13 1989Jun 16 1989

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law
VolumePart F130177

Other

Other2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Law, ICAIL 1989
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period6/13/896/16/89

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Law

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