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A lawsuit can take months to finish but searching for details about a case can now be done instantly through a search tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI) that enables users to sift through millions of legal case files and offers them the most relevant search results in a matter of seconds, according to The Economic Times.
The AI-enabled search tool is called iSearch and is the creation of LegitQuest, a start-up established by a group of tech-savvy lawyers, engineers, and designers on the eve of National Law Day in India in 2017.
Besides iSearch, there is also a feature called iDRAF that can assist users in shortening the time spent analyzing case law. Through the power of deep learning and natural language processing, users can pull up issues, facts, arguments, opinions, and all the decisions of the Supreme Court of India since 1950, LegitQuest said.
LegitQuest added that it has also developed a utility feature called iGraphics - the first in India - that is capable of converting case law into graphics. The said feature can map the treatment of being relied on, distinguished and overruled up to the latest case law. iGraphic has been trained to comprehend the treatment parameters, which are tested for reliability and quality by a team of experts. This is a great convenience for users who do not have to read the entire judgment only to find out that it had been overruled, LegitQuest pointed out.
Judiciary stakeholders in India, including lawyers, judges, researchers, scholars, government, law students are forced to use obsolete tools when doing legal research, according to Karan Kalia, CEO of LegitQuest. Kalia explained that iSearch is a unique tool because publishers and online portals merely provide the headnote (interpretation of a case) as the only value for a decision.
Kalia said users tend to read the headnotes and then go to the paragraph that has been discussed in the headnotes only to discover that it has been erroneously interpreted or sometimes the interpretation expanded or contracted the scope of a decision. It is done by a team that is not qualified to clarify a Supreme Court or a High Court decision. He went on to say that headnotes have a persuasive but no binding value in law. What is binding is the portion from the decision available through iDRAF. There is no interpretation but analyses that this part of the judgment is made up of decisions, issues, reasoning, and arguments, Kalia claimed.