Faxin works for China’s Supreme People’s Court, sifting through reports and identifying laws and guidelines relevant to cases ranging from traffic incidents to bankruptcies.
But Faxin is no typical judicial assistant — it is an online artificial-intelligence (AI) platform designed by the Supreme People’s Court Press and Beijing-based big-data company Gridsum Technology.
The platform, officially launched in 2016, is one of many technology products promising to transform the country’s legal profession.
FaXiaoTao, a chat bot created by Wusong Technology, analyzes cases and matches clients to lawyers, while “206,” a system being tested by Shanghai courts, is designed to help detect holes and contradictions in evidence.
Supported by government policy and favorable investor attention, AI and big-data projects appear poised to take over some of the roles traditionally held by legal professionals. However, AI entrepreneurs and experts point out that many obstacles stand in the way of a true industry-wide revolution.