Thesaurus-based Retrieval of Case Law

Michel C. A. Klein, Wouter van Steenbergen, Elisabeth M. Uijttenbroek, Arno R. Lodder, Frank van Harmelen

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In the context of intelligent disclosure of case law, we report on our findings on methods for retrieving relevant case law within the domain of tort law from a repository of 68.000 court verdicts. We apply a thesaurus-based technique to find specific legal situations. It appears that statistical measures of term relevance are not sufficient, but that explicit knowledge about specific formulations used in law and case law are required to distinguish relevant case law from irrelevant. In addition, we found out that the retrieving legal concepts with an ``interpretive'' character requires a different method than concepts do not require additional interpretation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International JURIX conference: JURIX 2006
EditorsTom van Engers
Place of PublicationParis, France
PublisherIOS Press
ISBN (Print)978-1-58603-698-0
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006


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