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Firm claims to have created a robot lawyer
09 December 2016
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Melbourne firm Doogue O'Brien George has grabbed attention after claiming to have invented a "robot lawyer".
 
     

However, rather than being a machine with a human face capable of simultaneously drafting a complex M&A deal while networking with clients, "robot lawyer" is a set of questionnaires on a website. The free service invites people who are due to appear in court on criminal charges but cannot afford a lawyer, to fill in a form online relevant to their case. The site then emails a document to the person which they can give to the court. It may be a useful initiative, but the firm admits on the website that "Robot lawyer" is in fact "not a lawyer" and "does not give legal advice".

And neither is it a robot. Partner Andrew George told RollOnFriday "we called it Robot Lawyers because we thought that calling it a “Basic Conditional Logic and Emailing you a document Lawyer” was a fairly lame name." He added that the reason for launching the website was that lawyers at the firm had seen "thousands of people struggle to tell their stories" in the Magistrates court and this "will assist them in that process". 

  What the humans expected
 
     
   What the humans got
 

Doogue O'Brien George is not the only one in the legal community to try to stretch the term "robot" for some sexy PR experiment with A.I., as a law student has already been the first to not invent a robot lawyer.

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