The U.S. Supreme Court released its annual year-end report on the federal judiciary on Sunday, providing an overview of the court’s work and achievements in the past year.
The report, authored by Chief Justice John Roberts, also includes a commentary on the increasing use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the judicial system, exploring its benefits, challenges and ethical implications.
In the report, Roberts takes a historical perspective, comparing the advent of electricity in rural America to the modern era of information technology. “Sometimes, the arrival of new technology can dramatically change work and life for the better.
The use of AI in the legal system is also not without its challenges and ethical considerations. While AI can improve efficiency and access to legal information, concerns about algorithmic bias, transparency, and the loss of human judgment persist.
The report’s message seems to be one of cautious optimism—a call to harness the benefits of AI while being mindful of its limitations and potential pitfalls.
As the Supreme Court’s report makes clear, the question is not whether AI will influence the legal profession, but how it will do so and what safeguards should be in place to ensure that technology serves justice rather than undermines it. Although the report may chart a course for the use of AI in law, it also carefully establishes that true justice and fair deliberation will always require a human touch.