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This AI Tool Predicts How Judges Might Decide in Cases

The tool takes previous rulings into account and predicts the new rulings with 86% accuracy.

Court case verdicts can be predicted by this new AI tool.
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A new AI tool called Pre/Dicta, launched in 2022 can predict judges' verdicts with an astonishing 86% accuracy, and it doesn't even need to know the details of the case.

Pre/Dicta relies on around 120 different pieces of information about judges, like where they went to school, their financial status, and their past rulings. This data helps the AI identify patterns and biases in a judge's past decisions.

Dan Rabinowitz, CEO of Pre/Dicta, explains,

"We don't look at the law or the facts - we entirely ignore that."

This means that the tool doesn't need evidence from the case itself to make its predictions.


One big change this AI tool could bring is in "judicial forum shopping." This is when plaintiffs choose courts and judges they think will rule in their favor. With Pre/Dicta, this could become a science rather than an art, making it easier for cases to be funded and go to court. This might reduce court backlogs and encourage alternative ways to resolve disputes.

AI Tool Predictions Elsewhere

The impact isn't limited to the courtroom. Commercial litigation funders, who invest billions of dollars in lawsuits each year, could use AI like Pre/Dicta to make better decisions about which cases to support financially. In addition, this AI tool could also change how lawyers and paralegals do research, which might disrupt the traditional law firm model based on billable hours.

In a broader context, Pre/Dicta's development was accelerated when its parent company acquired Gavelytics, a leader in judicial analytics. This signals a significant step forward in predictive litigation analytics, not just for federal cases but also for state court cases nationwide.


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