Courts, regulators weigh in on the use of Large Language Models in the practice of law
The already-infamous tale of an American litigator who relied on case citations that Chat GPT came up with for his brief—citations that were to fictional cases—is an indicator of the need for caution in the legal profession’s rush to embrace the use of Large Language Models (LLMs) for use in practice. Unsurprisingly, both the courts and professional regulators are weighing in. On 6 October 2023, the Alberta Court of King’s Bench released a “Notice to the Public and Legal Profession” entitled “Ensuring the Integrity of Court Submissions When Using Large Language Models.” Referring to “significant concerns surrounding the potential fabrication of legal authorities through…LLMs,” the Court set out principles to guide the use of the technology:
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