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What is the administrative hearing process?

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is a court. You have a right to appeal when you disagree with an action taken by certain state agencies.  OAH hears and decides the disagreement.

 

The judge who hears your case is neutral and not employed by the state agency involved in the disagreement.  After your hearing, the judge will make a decision based on the facts gathered at the hearing. 

 

You can appeal the decision of the OAH judge.  You must follow specific steps at the end of the decision you receive. 

 

What is a prehearing conference?

A prehearing conference is a brief phone call with the judge and the other parties.  Not all appeals have a prehearing conference.  You will know if you have a prehearing conference if you receive a Notice of Prehearing Conference in the mail.

 

If you have any questions about the prehearing conference, call OAH at (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

What is an exhibit?

Exhibits are documents you want the judge to read before making a decision. 

 

Click here for instructions about exhibits:

If you are not sure which one to select, please click here or call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

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How do I request a hearing?

If you disagree with an agency notice, read it carefully.  It has instructions on how to appeal.  It is your responsibility to follow those instructions.  If you do not, you may lose your right to appeal.

 

How do I prepare for my hearing?

For information on how to prepare, click the links below. 

If you are not sure which one to select, please click here or call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

How do I submit documents?

You have the right to submit documents for the judge to read before the hearing.

 

Click here for instructions about exhibits:

If you are not sure which one to select, please click here or call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

How do I attend my hearing?

You will receive a notice of hearing from OAH.  Read it carefully.  It will include the date, time and instructions on how to participate.

 

Click here for instructions on how to participate:

If you are not sure which one to select, please click here or call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

How do I get my decision translated into my language?

For a free oral translation of OAH documents, call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

Click here for instructions in many languages.

 

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What if I missed my hearing?

Even if you did not attend your hearing, you will receive a decision from OAH.  That decision will give you instructions on how to request another hearing.  You have a limited time to do this. 

 

Click below for information:

If you are not sure which one to select, please click here or call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

What if I want to reschedule my hearing?

You may request a new date or time for your hearing.  The judge will decide whether or not to grant that request.

 

Click below for instructions about rescheduling:

If you are not sure which one to select, please click here or call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

What if I want to cancel my hearing?

You can cancel a hearing only if you were the one to request it.  A request to cancel a hearing is called a withdrawal.  This ends your case.

 

Click below for instructions:

If you are not sure which one to select, please click here or call (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

What if I lost or never received my paperwork?

If you have not received your paperwork, please call OAH at (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271.

 

What if I want a recording of the hearing?

Call OAH at (360) 407-2700 or (800) 583-8271 to find out how to get a recording of the hearing.

 

What if I need an attorney?

OAH does not provide representation.  OAH cannot give legal advice. 

 

Here are some low cost or free representation resources:

For a more detailed list of resources, click here.  

 

What if I don’t speak English? 

Click here for instructions in many languages.

 

What if I disagree with the decision?

You can appeal the decision of the OAH judge.  You must follow specific steps at the end of the decision you receive.

 

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