Policy memo: "Decisions of Commercial Courts of Russian Federation: Lexical and Syntactical Quality of Texts" (D.Saveliev, R.Kuchakov) (2)
Denis Savel'ev, Ruslan Kuchakov
Quantitative legal studies
The IRL presents policy memo: a study of lexical and syntactic complexity metrics of 880 thousand texts of decisions of arbitration courts of the Russian Federation in cases involving large businesses (from 10 billion rubles in revenue in 2016).
It was found that (a) the complexity of decisions of arbitration courts in civil cases does not increase in time, in contrast to decisions in administrative cases and legal acts;(b) decisions in administrative cases are written significantly more complicated than decisions in civil cases;(c) in civil cases, the court writes more difficult to read when denying a claim, and in administrative cases, when it satisfies an application; (d) courts differ markedly in the lexical and syntactic complexity of their decisions, other things being equal.