Legal text summarization is generally formalized as an extractive text summarization task applied to court decisions from which the most relevant sentences are identified and returned as a gist meant to be read by legal experts. However, such summaries are not suitable for laymen seeking intelligible legal information. In the scope of the JusticeBot, a question-answering system in French that provides information about housing law, we intend to generate summaries of court decisions that are, on the one hand, conditioned by a question-answer-decision triplet, and on the other hand, intelligible for ordinary citizens not familiar with legal documents. So far, our best model, a further pre-trained BARThez, achieves an average ROUGE-1 score of 37.7 and a deepened manual evaluation of summaries reveals that there is still room for improvement.
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