Using generative artificial intelligence integrated with Sapiens, the government’s electronic document manager, the institution tests a model with the objective of creating a copilot to assist its team in performing tasks.
São Paulo, Brazil – The Attorney General’s Office (AGU for its acronym in Portuguese), the institution responsible for the judicial representation of the Union, becomes one of the first public sector institutions to adopt the use of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the country. By adopting GPT-4 technology, embedded in the Azure OpenAI Service solution, the agency aims to enhance lawyers’ work and generate more efficiency and accuracy to judicial processes. The new technology has been integrated with Sapiens, AGU’s electronic document manager, and is in the testing phase with the internal team.
The AGU currently reviews 20 million lawsuits, averaging 10,000 summonses a day, in addition to 80,000 daily subpoenas. With a team composed of thousands of lawyers, the agency saw the need to rely on technology resources to assist the analysis and prediction of results of court cases to improve decision-making and elaboration of procedural strategies. «Our Sapiens application has been using AI for more than ten years, and as part of our ongoing innovation process, we have included the latest version of the technology offered by Microsoft to drive more agility, assertiveness and allow our teams more time to devote to strategic activities that demand the team’s attention,» explains Alexandre Colares, Secretary of Governance and Strategic Management of AGU. «We hope that, in the mid and long term, we can dedicate ourselves more to strategic work, such as closer monitoring of the demands of public policies that are being gestated and implemented,» adds Colares.
With development in March of this year, the application is under testing by the Regional Attorney’s Office of the Union of the 1st Region and by the Federal National Prosecutor’s Office for Social Security Litigation and should be validated by members and servers. «The assistant has the role of generating summaries and analysis of processes, which can often be long and have several pages, and assist in the preparation of appeals and decisions. AI is being used to become a copilot of our teams,» says Eduardo Lang, director of AGU’s Legal Intelligence and Innovation Department.
The AGU is using the technology to produce the texts of court cases, for which the AI uses as a basis for the initial petition, the sentence, the context of what is being reported in the process, as well as analyzing what the AGU has already reported about similar cases in the past. With this, the assistant builds the basis of the appeal citing the legislation, jurisprudence and arguments that would be used by the body, offering the lawyer the initial material for him to review and supplement.
Security, data privacy and compliance are essential elements of the initiative and rely on the most advanced layers of security present in the Microsoft Azure cloud. All information contained in the application is stored and managed in the private domain of AGU, which has adopted data anonymization techniques, hiding personal data processed by Sapiens, ensuring that individuals cannot be identified from the information used.
«The Brazilian judicial sector has a gigantic database of data and relevant information that is necessary for the processing of legal proceedings. With technology, we want to support professionals in this area with resources to perform their work to the maximum potential and optimize the time spent on tasks that can be accomplished faster with AI capabilities. Contributing to AGU’s digital transformation in the services offered to society is gratifying for us,» said Ronan Damasco, Chief Technology Officer Microsoft Brazil.