MoJ progress trials of ‘human-in-the-loop generative AI’


The ministry is seeking to work with a specialist provider to help fulfil an exploratory exercise to help understand how and where AI could play a role in triaging information

The Ministry of Justice is seeking to work with a supplier – on a pro bono basis – to continue exploring possible uses of generative artificial intelligence in triaging documents and information.

The MoJ’s Justice Digital team has issued a commercial notice seeking potential suppliers interested in supporting the ministry in delivering a “proof-of-concept process to explore methods for human-in-the-loop triage through GenAI”.

The ministry ultimately intends to work with one single provider on a project intended to help “understand if GenAI tools would be of any benefit to the triage system”.

The scope of the proof-of-concept process will include experimenting with the use of generative AI to fulfil two functions: “to automatically digitise and codify incoming documents including hand-written notes; and synthesise and triage that information against policy requirements to complete a first pass at eligibility checks to make faster and more informed decisions – but leaving the actual decision to the human”.


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This exploration will use “a limited number of redacted example cases” and “no access to sensitive or personal data and no access to MoJ systems will be required”, according to the procurement notice.

The MoJ outlines that the aim of the of the exercise “is not to build a production-ready tool… [but] to help accelerate existing work, test and prove different solutions/tools, share learning to help inform future work and designs, and transfer skills back into the team throughout”.

The notice adds: “Justice Digital will be sharing with other teams the progress made to date with using AI Large Language Models. Throughout the duration of this project, Justice Digital will share the knowledge within internal teams who can carry on building on top of the deliverables, but also with the wider teams that that are interested in using these new tools.”

While the ministry may not have immediate intentions to implement an AI triage tool, potential partners are instructed that “we require tools and solutions explored to align to our standards and preferences… to enable ease of future development should we progress from the foundations identified in the exploration”.

Potential suppliers – who will not be paid for their work – have until 31 May to express their interest, with the MoJ’s chosen partner expected to work with the ministry over a two-month engagement, expected to begin next month.

Sam Trendall

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