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Navigating the Legal Landscape: DIFC Courts Issue Guidelines on AI Use in Proceedings

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DIFC Courts Issue Guidelines on AI Use in Proceedings

In a forward-looking move, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts have released Practical Guidance Note No. 2 of 2023, offering comprehensive guidelines on the utilization of Large Language Models (LLMs) and Generative Content Generators (GCGs) during legal proceedings. This pioneering step reflects the growing prevalence of AI technologies in the legal sector, providing a roadmap for parties and practitioners to ensure responsible and effective use.

Key Takeaways

Embracing AI in Legal Proceedings

Acknowledging the increasing adoption of LLMs and GCGs in legal practices, the guidelines emphasize the potential benefits of these technologies in saving time and costs during case preparation and presentation. However, they also underscore the need for caution due to associated risks, including the provision of misleading information, breaches of confidentiality, infringement of intellectual property rights, and violations of data protection legislation.

Transparency is Paramount

The guidelines prioritize transparency, requiring all parties to make the Courts aware of any AI-generated content used in legal proceedings. This includes disclosing the use of AI systems, specifying the source of the AI-generated content, and highlighting any potential limitations or biases associated with the AI system.

Principles to Uphold

The guidelines outline core principles to guide parties and practitioners in their use of AI-generated content. These include transparency, accuracy, and reliability verification, adherence to professional and legal obligations, and a cautious approach to prevent overreliance on GCGs.

Best Practices

1. Verify Accuracy and Reliability

Parties are advised not to solely rely on AI-generated content without independent verification of accuracy. The guidelines emphasize the importance of cross-referencing with case law, statutes, and credible legal commentary to ensure the content’s relevance and reliability.

2. Early Disclosure

Early declaration of the intent to use AI-generated content is encouraged to avoid unnecessary delays or complications. Parties are urged to resolve any concerns related to AI use during the Case Management Conference stage to facilitate smoother proceedings.

3. Select Appropriate GCG

The guidelines recommend a careful review of available GCGs to choose the most suitable for legal content production. Parties are discouraged from using free conversational GCGs and are advised to consult experts to understand the capabilities and limitations of selected GCGs.

4. Educate Clients

Practitioners are instructed to keep clients informed and seek consent before utilizing GCG material. Clients should be educated on the benefits, risks, and implications of using AI in legal proceedings to make informed decisions.

5. Protect Confidentiality and Ensure Compliance

Parties must safeguard client confidentiality and comply with relevant legislation, including data protection and intellectual property laws. Obtaining client consent before providing confidential information to GCGs is highlighted as a crucial step.


As the legal landscape evolves with the integration of AI technologies, the DIFC Courts’ guidelines provide a comprehensive framework for responsible and effective utilization. By adhering to these guidelines and embracing best practices, parties and practitioners can navigate the intersection of law and AI, ensuring a harmonious integration that upholds legal standards and principles.

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