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Next steps for AI technology in the criminal justice system

Morning, Thursday, 18th April 2024


This conference will discuss digitisation and the use of AI technology in the criminal justice system, looking at next steps and implications for the courts and police services, their workforces, service users and wider society.


It is bringing together stakeholders and policymakers to assess the value that the rollout of digital technology and increased adoption of AI could add to the justice system, as well as possible issues and how they can be addressed.


Delegates will consider the way forward in the context of the principles of safety, fairness, transparency and accountability put forward in the Government’s A pro-innovation approach to AI regulation white paper. We expect discussion on plans for service improvement outlined in the Ministry of Justice’s Digital Strategy, alongside the House of Lords’ AI technology and the justice system report, which cited both potential benefits to legal productivity and decision making as well as risks to civil liberties. It called for the establishment of minimum standards and training.


Discussion will consider strategies for the effective and fair utilisation of AI technologies to support policing and court services, and to increase both access to justice and efficiency of decision making throughout the justice system.


Delegates will assess how key challenges could be addressed, including determining where the human-machine interfaces lie in different contexts, concerns over algorithmic biases and differences in human judgement, and protecting human rights and civil liberties.


It will also be an opportunity to assess how AI deployment across the system may impact the roles of the police, civil servants and legal professionals, employment and skills development, the day-to-day running of services, and criminal justice outcomes.


Further sessions will examine the use of AI in government and public services with a specific focus on the criminal justice system, including how effectively government is maximising opportunities and mitigating risks - which is the subject of an NAO study.


Delegates will also look at international comparisons of AI integration, as the EU moves to create the first comprehensive regulatory framework for artificial intelligence as part of its digital strategy.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Mike Freer MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Courts and Legal Services, Ministry of Justice; Gina Gill, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Ministry of Justice; Ruth Kelly, Chief Analyst, National Audit Office; and Phil Bowen, Director, Centre for Justice Innovation.


The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from CPS; HMCTS; MOJ; DBT; DLUHC; DfT; DSIT; Dstl; DVSA; Education Scotland; GLD; HMPPS; HMRC; Home Office; ICO; NAO; and Ofcom.



Keynote Speakers

Mike Freer MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Courts and Legal Services, Ministry of Justice

Gina Gill

Chief Digital and Information Officer, Ministry of Justice

Ruth Kelly

Chief Analyst, National Audit Office

Phil Bowen

Director, Centre for Justice Innovation

Keynote Speakers

Phil Bowen

Director, Centre for Justice Innovation

Mike Freer MP

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Courts and Legal Services, Ministry of Justice

Gina Gill

Chief Digital and Information Officer, Ministry of Justice

Ruth Kelly

Chief Analyst, National Audit Office

Speakers

Georgie Morgan

Head of Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Ellen Lefley

Lawyer, JUSTICE

Chief Inspector Scott Lloyd

Biometrics Capability Lead, South Wales Police

Dia Thanki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Alchemy Machines

Melissa Hamilton

Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of Surrey

Silkie Carlo

Director, Big Brother Watch

Tana Adkin KC

Chair, Criminal Bar Association

Rick Muir

Director, Police Foundation