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Brooklyn Court Initiates AI Task Force for Appellate and Trial Courts

The Appellate Division, Second Department, based in Brooklyn, has taken a significant step toward integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into the judicial system. Presiding Justice Hector LaSalle recently announced the formation of a task force dedicated to exploring AI’s potential role in appellate and trial courts.

Task Force Co-Chairs and Objectives

Associate Justices Angela Iannacci and Deborah Dowling will co-chair the task force. In his statement, LaSalle highlighted the urgency of adapting to AI advancements: “As artificial intelligence technology rapidly advances, it is imperative for the courts to be prepared.”

Distinguished Members and Their Mission

The task force comprises notable figures, including New York City Criminal Court Administrative Judge Tamiko Amaker, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, and New York City Corporation Counsel Sylvia Hinds-Radix. New York State Sen. Andrew Lanza and Robert Tembeckjian, Administrator and Counsel of the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, are also among the members. Their collective expertise will be pivotal in guiding the task force’s endeavors.

Exploring AI in the Legal Realm

The group’s primary focus will be to consult with AI experts and develop actionable recommendations for effectively utilizing technology in appellate and trial courts. Moreover, they are tasked with identifying potential risks and challenges associated with integrating AI into the court system.

A Forward-Looking Initiative

Justice LaSalle expressed confidence in the task force’s future contributions: “I am delighted that these well-respected and esteemed professionals have agreed to take part in this important Task Force.” He anticipates that their analysis and report will be instrumental in preparing the courts for the imminent changes and challenges AI will bring to the legal profession. This initiative marks a proactive approach in embracing technology to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the legal system.

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