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Workshop: Digitalisation and AI in the justice system. Opportunities and limits.

A joint workshop of the University of Würzburg and the Bamberg Higher Regional Court on digitalisation and AI in the judiciary took place on Monday, 24 April 2023, from 12 to 4 pm in Hörsaal I.

The RobotRecht research centre organised a workshop for the University of Würzburg together with the Bamberg Higher Regional Court to discuss the opportunities and limits of digitalisation and AI in the judiciary.


Impressions of the Workshop

12:00 - Introduction

The two organizers, the President of the Higher Regional Court of Bamberg Lothar Schmitt and Professor Dr. Dr. Eric Hilgendorf, were pleased about the many attendees from the judiciary, administration and the legal profession and prepared for the lectures and discussions.

12:15 - Draft laws on the digital documentation of main hearings and the use of video conferencing technology - challenges for practice

Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Bamberg Dr. Sebastian Fickert presented the new reform of the digital documentation of the main hearing published by the Federal Ministry of Justice. The drafts were partly sharply criticized by him, partly Mr. Fickert was able to sympathize with them.


13:00 - Use of AI and algorithmic systems in the justice system

The presiding judge at the Bamberg Higher Regional Court, Gernot Kintzel, presented the various stages of the use of supporting systems in the judiciary. He discussed systems that are already running as standard, presented current pilot projects, and mentioned the next conceivable possibilities for use. The insight into practice was framed by a legal assessment of the various possible applications.


13:45 - Break

14:15 - National AI initiatives - with a special focus on the judiciary

Dr. Mona Sloane from New York University approached the use of AI from a sociological perspective, first addressing related issues such as discrimination or the black box, and then addressing national AI initiatives.


15:00 - Decision reservations and delegations in data-driven medicine. Lessons from medical law for the digitalisation of justice

Professor Dr. David Roth-Isigkeit from the German University of Administrative Sciences in Speyer dealt with decision reservations and delegations in data-based medicine. In medical law, too, there is the discussion about the delegation of responsibility or a need for the possibility of final decision, which can be used in the similarly related discussion in the judiciary.


Discussion session

16:00 - End of the Workshop

At the end of the event, the President of the Higher Regional Court of Bamberg, Lothar Schmitt, and Professor Eric Hilgendorf thanked the participants and prepared the ground for possible follow-up events. The speakers were presented with gifts by Professor Hilgendorf.