Computer Assisted Access to Justice via Formal Jurisprudence Modeling

by   Michael Bar-Sinai, et al.

This paper discusses an internet-based system for enabling people to self-asses their legal rights in a given situation, and a development methodology for such systems. The assessment process is based on a formal model of the relevant jurisprudence, exposed to the user through an interview. The model consists of a multi-dimensional space whose dimensions represent orthogonal jurisprudence aspects, and a decision graph that guides the user through that space. Self-assessment systems can revolutionize the way legal aid organizations help their clients, as they allow these organizations to deliver personalized help at internet scales. The proposed approach is validated through an implementation of a model for workers' rights when their employment ends. This model, describing Israeli law and developed in cooperation with a worker rights NGO, was ratified by external experts as accurate enough to be useful in real cases.



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