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"It's hard to tell stories about critters that are not human. John W. Campbell tried it, in "Twilight," and everybody says it's a wonderful story, and nobody ever reads it twice."
- Jerry Pournelle

Court Robo-Clerk  
  A robotic law clerk.  

Perfect for a robot judge, don't you think?

"Hear ye! Hear ye! System High Court, First Bench, Central Sector, is now in session!"

The robo-clerk darted back and forth across the cleared lift dais of the courtarena, its metal curves glittering in the morning light that poured down through the domed weather cover. Its voice, designed to fit precisely into the great circular room, penetrated to the farthest walls: "All persons having petitions before this court draw near!"

From The Tactful Saboteur, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Galaxy in 1964
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See also the law clerk robot from Frederik Pohl's 1954 novel The Midas Plague, the lawyer program from David Brin's 1990 novel Earth and the virtual counsel from Greg Bear's 2007 novel Quantico

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