The Use and Misuse of Technology in the Regulation of Judges in Israel
Berkeley Law and the Robbins Collection are proud to welcome Amnon Reichman, Associate Professor of Law at Israel’s University of Haifa, to Boalt Hall as the Robbins Collection Visiting Professor in Comparative Law. Professor Reichman, who taught at Berkeley Law over ten years ago, returns for a year-long appointment. In the fall 2017 semester, Professor Reichman will be teaching the “Comparative Law” course at Boalt, a course typically taught by Professor Laurent Mayali. On Thursday, November 30th, Professor Reichman led the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Israel Studies Colloquium, in affiliation with the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies. Professor Reichman delivered a thorough and informative presentation on “Legal-Net: The Use and Misuse of Technology in the Regulation of Judges in Israel” to an engaged group of Berkeley Law students, professors, and community members.
Legal-Net is Israel’s online judiciary management system that was established in 2010 and is utilized by all courts, except the Supreme Court, in Israel. Legal-Net’s judiciary processing function is similar to business process management software, in that a “production line” database is created to manages cases, court decisions, administrative contact, and legal research, among other functionalities. Professor Reichman, speaking on his paper of the same title, explored the implications of this vast concentration of judiciary data and its effects on the regulation of judges, the future of algorithmic judging, and the unification of legal administration through information and technology in Israel.