Professor Dr. Manfred Stede and Florian Kuhn, both of Universität Potsdam Department Linguistik, have published Identifying the Content Zones of German Court Decisions, in Business Information Systems Workshops: BIS 2009 International Workshops, Poznan, Poland, April 27-29, 2009, Revised Papers (2009).
The paper was originally presented at LIT 2009: The 2nd Workshop on Legal Informatics and Legal Information Technology, held 28 April 2009 in Poznan, Poland.
Here is the abstract of the paper:
A central step in the automatic processing of court decisions is the identification of the various content zones, i.e., breaking up the document into functionally independent areas. We assembled a corpus of German court decisions and argue that this genre belongs to the class of semi-structured text documents. Currently, we are implementing zone identification by means of a set of recognition rules, following up on our earlier experiences with a different genre (film reviews).