Most lawyers have their plates full perpetually. They need to go through large amounts of legal documents filled with complex language every day. These include contracts, case files, and legal rulings, to name a few. Among these numerous documents, especially for litigating lawyers, judgments often rank as the most pivotal to their job. However, navigating through countless judgments can be time-consuming, thus the necessity of judgment summaries becomes evident. Lawyers rely on headnotes provided traditionally by legal publishers, which serve as brief summaries of judgments.
Working closely with legal professionals, CaseMine recognised the everyday challenges litigating lawyers usually face. One recurring issue they noticed was related to the availability of quality headnotes offered by traditional publishers.
In particular, it was found that these headnotes are often flawed and unreliable. Firstly, they are manually created, leading to potential human biases in interpretation and summarisation. Secondly, considering that courts pronounce thousands of judgments daily, it's not humanly possible to summarise every single one. Thus, editorial teams often end up overlooking many pivotal judgements, and even when they do recognise them, it often takes months, sometimes even years, to prepare the headnotes.
To address these challenges, CaseMine leveraged recent advancements in generative AI to create AMICUS. This state-of-the-art tool is driven by GPT, a unique variant of AI that stands out from the rest due to its exceptional text-generation abilities. AMICUS has several capabilities, like answering complex legal queries, generating legal drafts, and more critically, producing concise and clear summaries of legal documents - our primary focus in this article.
The tool isn't just restricted to generating dependable summaries. It can do so instantaneously for any judgement- yes, you heard it right- ANY judgement, liberating lawyers from the snail-paced methods of conventional publishers who provide summaries for a select few judgements and, often, several months too late.
CaseMine, however, didn't just limit the capacity of AMICUS to summarise judgements. They went one stride beyond and engineered AMICUS to compress all kinds of legal documents, not just court judgements, into clear, compact synopsis. This adds another layer of convenience to the work of law practitioners.
Let's understand how AMICUS works. Let's say, for example, you want a summarised version of the monumental judgement in the 'Shayara Bano v. Union of India' case. In this scenario, here's what would happen next:
a) You can ask AMICUS, “Could you please summarize the Shayara Bano vs. Union of India judgement?” AMICUS would immediately generate an unbiased and comprehensive summary of this judgement. The tool will filter out the key points from the judgment and present it to you in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.
b) Alternatively, you can upload the judgement using the 'summarize' tab on the tool's interface, and it would provide you with a crisp summary. It will also let you know about the different cases that are mentioned or used as references within this judgment. It is like having a complete roadmap of the judgment where each route is a different case that was discussed or referred to.
c) You can also directly navigate to the judgement page and click on 'generate summary'. It would render a concise summary of the judgement instantly. A noteworthy feature of AMICUS is that it doesn’t just provide a simple summary. Instead, it divides the generated summaries into distinct sections like facts, issues, rulings, and conclusions.
By significantly reducing the time it takes to write summaries and eradicating errors and biases, the tool is solving an important problem for the legal fraternity. It's also contributing to improving the quality of legal research, enabling lawyers to be more prepared and efficient.
In conclusion, AMICUS is all set to act as a catalyst in bringing about a paradigm shift in the spheres of legal research and articulation. It significantly alters the traditional and often inept methods of producing headnotes and introduces a swift, accurate, and automated way of deriving summaries instantly. Furthermore, it gives the control back to the lawyers, allowing them to access vital information in a jargon-free, easy-to-understand, and timely fashion. The legal industry can now leverage technology to be more efficient, leaving antiquated practices behind for this digital-centric, AI-powered assistant that works at the lawyer's command.
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