Legal XML

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Legal XML is a non-profit organization developing open standards for legal documents and related applications. The building block for Legal XML standards is eXtensible Markup Language ("XML").

LegalXML is a member section within OASIS, the not-for-profit, global consortium that drives the development, convergence and adoption of e-business standards. Members themselves set the LegalXML agenda, using the open OASIS technical process expressly designed to promote industry consensus and unite disparate efforts. LegalXML produces standards for electronic court filing, court documents, legal citations, transcripts, criminal justice intelligence systems, and others.

OASIS members participating in LegalXML include lawyers, developers, application vendors, government agencies and members of academia.

LegalDocML[1][2] and LegalRuleML are affiliated committees and proposals of the LegalXML committee.[3]

Current LegalXML Technical Committees (TCs)[edit]

  1. OASIS LegalDocumentML TC: Models, represents, and manages legal documents as authorial, authentic, valid and persistent digital resources. The work will be based upon the Akoma Ntoso project (from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) XML schema.[4] The United States Library of Congress created the Markup of US Legislation in Akoma Ntoso challenge in July 2013 to create representations of selected US bills using the most recent Akoma Ntoso standard within a couple months for a $5000 prize,[5] and the Legislative XML Data Mapping challenge in September 2013 to produce a data map for US bill XML and UK bill XML to the most recent Akoma Ntoso schema within a couple months for a $10000 prize.[6]
  2. OASIS LegalRuleML TC: Enabling legal arguments to be created, evaluated, and compared using rule representation tools.
  3. OASIS LegalXML Electronic Court Filing TC: Using XML to create and transmit legal documents among attorneys, courts, litigants, and others.
  4. OASIS LegalXML eNotarization TC: Developing technical requirements to govern self-proving electronic legal information.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gheen, Tina (April 23, 2012). "OASIS Puts Akoma Ntoso on the Standards Track". Library of Congress.
  2. ^ LegalDocML committee
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  4. ^ Gheen, Tina (23 April 2012). "OASIS Puts Akoma Ntoso on the Standards Track". Library of Congress.
  5. ^ Gheen, Tina (16 July 2013). "Library of Congress Announces First Legislative Data Challenge". Library of Congress.
  6. ^ Gheen, Tina (10 September 2013). "Second Library of Congress Legislative Data Challenge Launched". Library of Congress.

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