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Federal Judge Fights the Use of Artificial Intelligence in His Courtroom

 |  January 15, 2024

By: A. J. Firstman (Findlaw)

The widespread use of artificial intelligence, including advanced language models like ChatGPT, has raised concerns across various professions. Educators, writers, and musicians are grappling with the impact on their fields, and now the legal profession is also taking notice.

U.S. District Judge Brantley Starr of the Northern District of Texas has implemented a unique requirement in his courtroom. Lawyers must now certify that they did not use AI to draft their filings unless human verification for accuracy occurred.

Judge Starr’s decision stems from concerns about AI platforms, such as ChatGPT, potentially fabricating details, citations, and even entire legal cases. While initially contemplating a complete ban on AI in the courtroom, he settled on a nuanced approach, restricting its use in legal briefing unless verified by human review…