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Levels of Reasoning With Legal Cases Katie Atkinson and Trevor Bench-Capon
 

Summary: Levels of Reasoning With Legal Cases
Katie Atkinson and Trevor Bench-Capon
Department of Computer Science
University of Liverpool
Liverpool L69 3BX UK
{k.m.atkinson,tbc}@csc.liv.ac.uk
ABSTRACT
In this paper we discuss how different levels of reasoning can oc-
cur in legal cases. We build upon our recent work in which we
have reconstructed the reasoning of the majority and dissenting
opinions for a particular case through the use of Belief-Desire-
Intention (BDI) agents to replicate the contrasting views involved
in the actual decision. This reconstruction has shown how the rea-
soning involved can be separated into three distinct levels: factual
and normative levels and a level connecting the two, with conclu-
sions at one level forming premises at the next. We further discuss
the properties and significance of each of these levels and illustrate
them with short examples and also include a discussion of the role
of precedents within these levels of reasoning.
1. INTRODUCTION

  

Source: Atkinson, Katie - Department of Computer Science, University of Liverpool

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences