A research project has found that an AI could accurately predict the outcome of legal cases nearly 80% of the time.
An artificial intelligence system has correctly predicted the outcomes of hundreds of cases heard at the European Court of Human Rights, researchers have claimed.
The AI predicted the verdicts to an accuracy of 79%, according to the scientists involved.
AI is increasingly being used in fields such as journalism, law and accountancy.
But critics said no AI would be able to understand the nuances of a legal case.
The study, which was conducted by researchers at University College London and the universities of Sheffield and Pennsylvania, does not spell an end to lawyers, the researchers said.