Indiana courts CAO Forkner to co-chair AI ‘rapid response team’

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The Conference of Chief Justices and Conference of State Court Administrators have created a rapid response team of chief justices and state court administrators to examine immediate issues related to the use of artificial intelligence and generative AI in courts.

Justin Forkner, chief administrative officer of the Indiana Supreme Court, will serve as RRT co-chair.

“Our shared understanding of these technologies will help us develop model rules for state courts with respect to disclosure, transparency, accuracy, authenticity, and certification of AI use in court pleading and proceedings,” Forkner said in a statement.

The RRT will collect and analyze court orders, rules, best practices and other actions of the state court community related to attorneys and self-represented litigants’ use of AI tools to construct legal pleadings with the support of the National Center for State Courts.

The group is co-chaired by Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, chief of the D.C. Court of Appeals and president of the Conference of Chief Justices. Additional RRT members include Maryland Chief Justice Matthew Fader, Alaska State Court Administrator Stacey Marz, Administrative Director of Idaho Courts Sara Omundson, West Virginia Chief Justice Beth Walker and New York Chief Administrative Judge Joseph Zayas.

“The growing reliance on AI tools in the legal practice and court proceedings offers opportunities and challenges,” Blackburne-Rigsby said in a statement. “I am pleased that this team will begin work soon to assist courts in understanding the current implications of AI’s evolution on the state courts and create model guardrails to protect the integrity of the judicial process.”

The NCSC has also announced its new Implementers’ Forum, created to connect members of the court community with varying levels of knowledge of and experience with AI. The forum recently hosted a session that covered risks, technical processes and a prototype demonstration.

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