AI & Law: The Controversial Proposition That AI Will Be The 13th Juror

Lance Eliot
6 min readJan 16, 2024
AI might become the 13th juror for these vital reasons

by Dr. Lance B. Eliot

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Abstract: A notable legal-oriented catchphrase that is bandied around in the wild consists of referring to a thirteenth juror. This idea is at times portrayed as a legal-oriented metaphorical consideration, while in other instances there is a serious argument made that we do need an added juror to the normal base of twelve. Into this ongoing discourse comes the somewhat branded outlandish proposition that the thirteenth juror could be or in fact ought to be AI.

Key briefing points about this article:

  • There is no doubt that a jury trial is one of the cornerstones of our form of adjudication
  • Twelve jurors are the usual standard, all of whom are expected to act impartially
  • A popular catchphrase involves referring to a thirteenth juror
  • Besides a metaphorical reference, some argue that we do in fact need to add a juror
  • Though the assumption is that the 13th juror is a human…



Lance Eliot

Dr. Lance B. Eliot is a renowned global expert on AI, successful startup founder, global CIO/CTO, , was a top exec at a major Venture Capital (VC) firm.