QNL #5: Dutch Case Law Brief, January 1 – January 14

Supreme Court Judges during the State of the Union of 2015. Judge Ginsburg aka "Notorious RBG" had a glass of wine.

The QNL will now be biweekly instead of weekly, to have a sufficient large number of cases to deal with. In this post, I provide a short overview of the main statistics in terms of cases by institution, by area of law and by throughput time.  This week’s novelty: a text-based, bottom-up classifier, instead of relying on the… Continue reading QNL #5: Dutch Case Law Brief, January 1 – January 14

QNL #3: Dutch Case Law Brief, November 2-8, 2015

P. Tanjé, De boeren Rechtbank te Puiterveen, 1744. Source: www.teylersmuseum.nl

In the first week of November, the Dutch courts collectively adjudicated more civil law cases than administrative law or criminal law cases. A total of 370 cases has been issued. Just like the previous week, the Raad van State (RVS) issued the highest number of opinions. Number of cases per institution The Raad van State (RVS), Centrale Raad… Continue reading QNL #3: Dutch Case Law Brief, November 2-8, 2015

QNL #2: Dutch Case Law Brief, October 26 – November 1, 2015

Albany Court of Appeals (source: Wikipedia) - I look forward to my admission in January 2016.

In this QNL, I assess rulings issued by Dutch legal institutions published on www.rechtspraak.nl during the last week of October 2015 using Python‘s natural language processing, data analysis and machine learning packages. Number of cases by institution  Between October 26 to November 1, 2015, a total of 262 new court rulings were published (list), according to a request via the… Continue reading QNL #2: Dutch Case Law Brief, October 26 – November 1, 2015

QNL #1: Dutch Case Law Brief, October 12-18, 2015

I own no rights to this image. Source: mynewsla.com

In this post, I want to share with you the results of a program involving natural language processing and machine learning tools. The aim of the program is to provide insights into Dutch case law developments on a weekly basis, using case law published on www.rechtspraak.nl. As the program is still in beta, feel free to comment or make suggestions.… Continue reading QNL #1: Dutch Case Law Brief, October 12-18, 2015

FinCEN MSB Data

Mining FinCEN data In this post I discuss how to use a financial institution’s search engine (FinCEN) and Python to analyze data on  financial market participants.    how to use a financial institution’s search engine (FinCEN) and Python to analyze data on  financial market participants.    Legal Background The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network is a bureau within the… Continue reading FinCEN MSB Data

Innovation within the Dutch Judiciary: New API Service

The Board of the Dutch Judiciary keeps on innovating! Until recently, to find case law one had to use a browser, navigate through cumbersome Java menus and scroll endlessly. With the introduction of the Open Data van de Rechtspraak RESTful web service, you can send requests directly to the server. This means that if you run a simple script from your Terminal (Mac) or Command Prompt (Windows), within… Continue reading Innovation within the Dutch Judiciary: New API Service