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Role of Augmented Reality in Access to Justice

Artificial Intelligence will not revolutionize our lives, it will enhance it

From virtual art exhibitions, to fundraising – Augmented Reality technology is a great way of integrating and presenting social issues in a more simplified and accessible manner. Commercial giants like Google, Uber, and Apple are already actively using AI to their benefit. Uber for example uses AI to determine the price and time of your trip while Google Translate recognizes the translation context.

AR Exhibition by Picha Images © Rich Allela

In contrast however the power of AI is yet to be fully tapped into by formal state structures like the judiciary and other government agencies. Access to Justice is for example still perceived as a formal, complicated process. In practice however, access to justice should be a continuous, less formal and less complicated process in which the parties simply transfer information (procedural documents) to the court, the court analyses the collected data (evidence), and as a result also produces information (court decision).

During trial, an impartial judge analyses the case materials and, on the basis of his or her own conviction and being guided by the law, makes a decision. It is important to point out that just like other people, judges have inherent weaknesses such as fatigue, prejudice, or distracted attention. But what if…just what if Artificial Intelligence through innovations such as Augmented Reality Technology could provide solutions to these bottlenecks?

Source WSJ

In its simplest definition, A.R (Augmented Reality) which is a subsegment of Artificial Intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. Further, AR has been used to bring captured images/ Art works and snippets of captured moments to ‘life’ – more like giving voice to an image. This also includes better presentation of occurrences in a more simplified manner.

Studies have found as many as 78% of sexual assault victims do not report assaults – often due to inadequacies in the very system designed to help them, avoiding the harrowing court procedures or mere lack of properly recorded and documented evidence. In Kenya, according to the Evidence Act Cap 80, allowed evidence in court includes; using audio-visual technology; using sound media or links. Use of Augmented Reality is therefore yet to be appreciated in most courts in Africa.

While the ultimate global impact of AI is difficult to predict, it is already clear that AI is not science fiction, but a flexible tool for transforming established practices. Based on algorithms, this technology can be a tool towards enhancing access to justice and promoting human rights through its inventions like Augmented Reality.

It is about time this technology had its day in court!

AR Exhibition by Picha Images © Rich Allela

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