LEDES 2000 Format

IMPORTANT NOTICE From LEDES Oversight Committee Board of Directors: The LEDES Oversight Committee announced that the LEDES 2000 format is officially retired and will not be part of any future development of this organization.  As such, LEDES 2000 will not be included in the LEDES API.   Vendors utilizing this format should immediately begin development of the LEDES XML Ebilling formats (2.0x, 2.1x and 2.2x) as a replacement for LEDES 2000. LEDES 2000 format documentation will be removed from this web site on March 1, 2024.

In 2000 another ebilling standard, this time in XML, was ratified by the LOC. The new LEDES 2000 format contained much more information than the original LEDES 1998B format, and more fully accommodated the complex nature of fee arrangements between corporations and law firms. The LEDES 2000 format had minor corrections made in 2004 and 2005, and the current document in place on this site contains those corrections.

This format was revised substantially in 2006 with ratification of the LEDES XML Ebilling Ver. 2 format. LEDES 2000 appears on this web site as a courtesy for those still using it.

The LEDES 2000 XML format includes 125 data elements within 7 segments.

The format documentation was revised in August, 2014 to the extent that timekeeper classifications are referenced in the document.  Additionally, typo was corrected in October, 2019.

Ledes 2000 Format Rev 10-2019

LEDES 2000 Sample File and DTD  This zip file includes both the sample file and DTD for the XML file.  It is not possible to double click and open the DTD file without having an XML editor.  There is not an error on this file.