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Legal robots help prosecutors

Chinese law enforcers have taken to using legal robots.

The machines are used by officials to review cases, check the facts of law and will even offer opinions on sentencing the person in the dock.

The robots - which stand at just 90 centimetres tall - have the ability to hand out arrest warrants as well as approve indictments. They are currently being trialled in the eastern province of Jiangsu, China.

They have already corrected mistakes in over 7,000 out of 15,000 cases they have looked at since they were put in place back in September 2016.

The machines have only dealt with the more simple cases so far, such as traffic violations.

Beijing News reports these robots could save prosecutors copious amounts of time by doing some of the admin work for them.

It comes after Dubai Police installed autonomous miniature police cars to keep the streets safe.

Each car has 360 degree cameras and are set to be fitted with biometrics so the car can recognise faces and therefore track any criminals.

The cars would also be able to release a drone so any offenders could be tracked even if the car couldn't keep up with them.

Major-General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said: "Dubai Police are keen to get the latest technology to fight crime. We always search for the best technology to serve our police work for a safer and smarter city. We seek to augment operations with the help of technology such as robots. We aim for streets to be safe and peaceful even without heavy police patrol."

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