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SFO: AI powered ‘robo-lawyer’ enhances fight against economic crime

Jaclyn Jaeger | April 10, 2018

The U.K. Serious Fraud Office has announced a significant upgrade to its document analysis capability, as artificial intelligence is made available to all of its new casework beginning this month. By automating document analysis, AI technology allows the SFO to investigate more quickly, reduce costs, and achieve a lower error rate than through the work of human lawyers, alone.

Able to process more than half a million documents a day, a pilot “robot” was recently used to scan for legal professional privilege content in the SFO’s Rolls-Royce case at speeds 2,000 times faster than a human lawyer. According to the SFO, Rolls-Royce was the largest SFO investigation and marked the first use of artificial intelligence in a U.K. criminal case. It enabled the estimated 30 million documents provided by the company to be analysed for material potentially covered...

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