« The future is not what is going to happen, but what we are going to do » - Henri Bergson
Theolex now offers a predictive analysis tool that looks to the future. To do so, Theolex relies not only on its network of renowned lawyers experienced in major international litigation, but also on the creativity and user experience of students who are enthusiastic to contribute to the creation of tools that can make their lives easier when they become lawyers.
In our series "Lawyers and Jurists of Tomorrow" we are interested today in the work of Hugues, a Master 2 Digital Law student who joined the Theolex team more than a year ago.
How does LegalTech Predictive Justice serve legal professionals?
Hugues looks at this question from the vantage of two legal professions: the lawyer in developing the case and the magistrate in decision making.
Here are some excerpts from Hugue's report. You can find all his work here.
What is predictive justice?
Jean-Claude Marin, public prosecutor at the French Supreme Court, defines predictive justice as the act of predicting the solution to a dispute using computerized means. Predictive justice would thus be a means for the parties of a dispute to know in advance a legal solution. Predictive justice has several objectives. The first is that if we know in advance the solution to a dispute, it may encourage or lead us to take legal action based on the solution proposed by the tool. The second is the possibility for companies to simulate the risk of fines for an illegal practice they are engaged in and to decide whether this practice should stop. If the fine is less than the benefit of the same practice, then the company has every interest in staying the course and continuing to generate profit, to the detriment of the law.
LegalTech at the service of legal professionals
From time immemorial, the possibility of being able to predict justice has fascinated as much as it has repelled. At the time, we imagined an Orwellian dystopia with judge-robots capable of deciding the fate of defendants with a simple algorithm and whose judgment was unassailable since it was rendered by a "perfect" machine devoid of feelings and preconceptions. The reality is of course very different from this gloomy picture.