Published on: 24 May 2023 at 11:47 IST
The Supreme Court is seeking proposals for the use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools to transcribe court proceedings and oral arguments. A document released by the court states that eligible companies must be incorporated under the Companies Act or be a government entity with a minimum of two years of experience in providing such systems at a national or global level.
Initially, the AI tools will be used for cases handled by the Constitution benches, and later expanded to cover other matters with the approval and guidance of the relevant court. The document emphasizes that the transcriptions generated by AI, machine learning, and deep learning solutions must be reviewed by qualified transcribers and subsequent reviewers to ensure accuracy and eliminate any errors before being submitted to the court registry. The Supreme Court intends to publish these AI-generated transcriptions on its official website and share them electronically with the concerned advocates.
The bid document specifies that the AI-generated transcriptions should be available in file formats compatible with popular operating systems, ensuring data integrity and security according to industry standards. Additionally, the transcriptions should be searchable and capable of being archived in PDF/A format for long-term preservation. Integration with video recordings of court proceedings, along with features like bookmarking, labels, and markers for easy access and convenience, are also highlighted as important requirements for the deployed AI tool.
The document further states that the AI tools should be capable of generating metadata and facilitating sharing through application programming interfaces (APIs).
Notably, a live pilot run of court proceeding transcriptions using AI tools was recently conducted by a Constitution bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud during the hearing of the Maharashtra political crisis.