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IANAL. But I want to cite one particular court decision. It's a German court and the complete code (or whatever you call that) for that verdict is: "BVerfG · Urteil vom 15. Dezember 1983 · Az. 1 BvR 209/83, 1 BvR 440/83, 1 BvR 420/83, 1 BvR 362/83, 1 BvR 269/83, 1 BvR 484/83 (Volkszählungsurteil)"

Needless to say that I have no idea what all these reference numbers mean. I was hoping that someone already had implemented the jurisdiction entry type that biblatex only provides as "unsupported".

Yeah, Plan B is to just paste that stuff in misc and stop caring. But, you know ...

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Just to be sure: Did you try already biblatex-jura or biblatex-juradiss? The latter comes with a German documentation and exactly your wanted entry type. – Speravir Oct 11 '12 at 0:43
If you only have one such decision to cite and you don't know what the numbers mean, I would definitely suggest you go for plan B. Or if you want a more semantical approach, you could declare jurisdiction as a synonym of misc and stop caring. Writing (or copying) a whole legal citation style for one entry is really not worth it (both in terms of time and in terms of code / memory). – ienissei Oct 11 '12 at 6:45
I'm just copied the citation style from the biblatex-juradiss package that @Speravir suggested and tried to change it in a straightforward way to a bibliography style (which the package doesn't provide). It was worth it in the sense that I learned that adding "Urteil" is absolutely necessary for the thing to make sense (I had just left it out). If the result looks ok I will post it here even though it will be a hack. If not, I will go for Plan B ;) – Christian Oct 11 '12 at 7:03
@Christian Hacks are the best part of many (Bib)LaTeX projects :) – ienissei Oct 11 '12 at 8:02
@ienissei Well, judge for yourself ... I don't know enough of BibLaTeX to start much of a project and I don't have any reason to invest any time in this particular citation soooo ... maybe it's not the kind of hack you had in mind ;) – Christian Oct 11 '12 at 8:41
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Well, this sure ain't pretty but maybe someone will improve on it. Not me. To me this is just that tiny bit better than just using misc and I don't need more. This is based on biblatex-juradiss and I kept the German comments. The fields are explained in the German biblatex-juradiss documentation. Well, this is optimised for German court decisions anyway so maybe this is not too catastrophic.

  \iffieldundef{usera}%Urteil oder Beschluss
  \printfield[default]{userb}% Aktenzeichen
  \iffieldundef{userc}%Primaere Fundstelle (Name und Jahr) vorhanden?
  \iffieldundef{postnote}{%Angabe einer konkreten Fundstelle?
      \printfield[default]{userd}}% Erste Seite der primären Fundstelle 
    \iffieldundef{journaltitle}{}{%Sekundäre Fundstelle vorhanden?
        \printfield{pages}}%Erste Seite der Zeitschriftenfundstelle
  \iffieldundef{userf}{}{%Entscheidungsname vorhanden?

According to the documentation you need this in a biber.conf file that is put next to your document. For me, the file is read by biber but it does exactly nothing at all.

        decision            usera
        sign                userb
        officialvolume      userc
        officialpages       userd
        journalyear         usere
        decisionname        userf

Thus for the example in my question I used this entry where all user* fields are present twice, hoping that maybe one day I can remove the cryptic ones.

  author = {{Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (BVerG)}},
  decision = {Judgement},
  usera = {Judgement},
  sign = {Az. 1 BvR 209/83, 1 BvR 440/83, 1 BvR 420/83, 1 BvR 362/83, 1 BvR 269/83, 1 BvR 484/83},
  userb = {Az. 1 BvR 209/83, 1 BvR 440/83, 1 BvR 420/83, 1 BvR 362/83, 1 BvR 269/83, 1 BvR 484/83},
  owner = {cmertes},
  urldate = {2012-10-11},
  language = {german},
  url = {http://openjur.de/u/268440.html},
  urldate = {2012-10-11},
  date = {1983-12-15},
  decisionname = {Volkszählungsurteil},
  userf = {Volkszählungsurteil},
  timestamp = {2012.10.11}

This produces the following result. For everything else, I take no guarantee. But please correct any mistakes I made because BibLaTeX is very new to me.

resulting bibliography entry

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