By Dr. Rafael Christopher

Timeless wisdom and the history of the ages of this world teach us unequivocally that the only constant in life on earth is change.

Changes in laws, changes in society, changes in generations have happened, are happening and will continue to happen.

What is indisputable is that the key driver of all these changes has been one thing: technology.

Who would have predicted that the past pandemic would be upon us and that the virtual courts would be upon us? And yet, fueled by technology, virtual courts are here to stay and gain more ground and will gain even more ground as the revision of civil litigation rules continues in all state legal settings.

As time passes, as technology evolves, more changes to the legal process will be upon us.

One area that looks like an area where technological advances may make an increasing entry to effect fundamental changes in our legal ecosystem might well be the area of ​​lawyers and legal advice.

Currently, the status quo of the legal system is that the legal practice operates, among others, through face-to-face meetings with clients and representation in different forums, appearances in courts and tribunals and in all these situations legal advice is provided to clients and arguments presented before Judges, Magistrates and other judicial officials.

Today, advances in artificial intelligence technology have allowed Elon Musk’s Tesla to build and drive autonomous cars. Artificial intelligence technology also allows planes to take off, fly and land safely. It is also used in hospital operations and surgeries.

Many artificial intelligence applications now make decisions on behalf of their users and manage their finances for them.

Could artificial intelligence one day replace the old process of legal advice to clients?

Would legal practice and advice be handled differently by artificial intelligence? Will a properly developed AI-powered lawyer app one day
help give legal advice to users?

Obviously, such an application can help in small and simple cases? Can they even be traffic matters and small uncontested matters?

There are advantages to this and there are disadvantages.

If such an app is developed, it can be accessed via a smartphone. The app would attract some charges for its use. Since almost every person in the cities and rural areas, towns and communities in Nigeria has a smartphone, you can immediately see the huge number of people who could access this artificial intelligence lawyer app, this will really bring the law to life. the masses. in addition, legal advice may be available to those who need it.

Obviously, the artificial intelligence lawyer application must be made to comply with current laws and the legislation applicable to the state and the federation.

You should not take the place of lawyers nor should you be seen to take the place of lawyers.

Such an app can be configured to refer the user only to legal professionals practicing in that area or locality where the app cannot help or if the matter is too complicated or complex for the app to handle.

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Now, back to our discussion. This AI lawyer app would help users save cost as they can be charged less for legal advice.

This is probably because the artificial intelligence lawyer app only needs electricity, batteries. You do not need offices, office expenses, wages, salaries, vacations, paternity, maternity, personnel expenses and payments.

Another advantage is that the Artificial Intelligence application is that it is available and can be accessed 24/7. Therefore, no appointments are necessary and can be used immediately when the user has a legal problem that needs advice. Situations like traffic or parking problems come easily to mind.

But one downside would be if the AI ​​lawyer app would be able to read nuances, emotions, and deeply analyze individual case facts for individual parties in cases.

Another downside is whether the AI ​​lawyer app can understand local customs that apply to the local area the parties were in and where the issue of dispute arose.

These problems could be easily solved by making the artificial intelligence lawyer app highly tailored to the needs and laws of the respective states.

All in all, the above may be useful to a group of lawyers or law practices who can come together and design this app and use it to enhance their law practice or complement their law practice.

Will this happen? Maybe or maybe not. But hasn’t history shown us that what was initially thought impossible and improbable eventually happens? Some examples that come to mind are bank transfers and transfer alerts that are made through mobile phones.

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