In this paper, we treat sentence annotation as a classification task. We employ sequence-to-sequence models to take sentence position information into account in identifying case law sentences as issues, conclusions, or reasons. We also compare the legal domain specific sentence embedding with other general purpose sentence embeddings to gauge the effect of legal domain knowledge, captured during pre-training, on text classification. We deployed the models on both summaries and full-text decisions. We found that the sentence position information is especially useful for full-text sentence classification. We also verified that legal domain specific sentence embeddings perform better, and that meta-sentence embedding can further enhance performance when sentence position information is included.
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