Colombian judge uses artificial intelligence from ChatGPT in a case

The Colombian judge ordered the exoneration of charges to the family of an autistic child who was treated at a medical center. It used ChatGPT to be able to carry out the sentence.


A Colombian judge resolved a case on the right to health of an autistic child with the help of the ChatGPT robot , being the first sentence to be drafted based on artificial intelligence in the country.

“It is a huge window, today it can be ChatGPT , but in three months it can be any other alternative that makes it easier to write texts and that the judge leans on them, not with the aim of replacing it,” said the judge of the case, Juan Manuel Padilla, in an interview with Blu Radio this Thursday.

This was its use

The ruling dated January 30 resolved a mother’s request for her autistic son to be exempted from paying for medical appointments, therapies, and transportation to hospitals, since the family does not have the financial resources to take care of it.

Padilla ruled in favor of the minor and in the sentence he reveals that he interrogated the ChatGPT conversational robot to support his decision.

“Autistic minor is exempt from paying moderator fees in their therapies?” Asks the judge and the application answers: “Yes, that is correct. According to the regulations in Colombia , minors diagnosed with autism are exempt from paying moderator fees in their therapies”.

The sentence records four similar questions and answers.

“Judges are not stupid, by asking questions to the application we do not stop being judges, of being thinking beings,” explains Padilla.

The role of a secretary

According to the togado, ChatGPT does what “a secretary” used to do, “in an organized, simple and structured way”, which “could improve response times in the judicial branch.”

But Professor Juan David Gutiérrez from the Universidad del Rosario contradicted him and launched the debate on Twitter. In a message thread, the academic asks the same questions as the judge, but gets different answers.

“As it happens with other AI in other areas, under the narrative of a supposed efficiency, fundamental rights are put at risk,” he warned.

Since November, the artificial intelligence ChatGPT has spread around the world with supporters and skeptics.

Created by the Californian company OpenAI, the conversational robot works on algorithms and mountains of data.

Lawyers, engineers, journalists and other professionals wonder if this type of AI could replace them.

“I suspect that many of my colleagues are going to join this and start ethically building their sentences with the help of artificial intelligence , ” Padilla launched. (AFP)