Office of Administrative Hearings
The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is a quasi-judicial tribunal that hears administrative disputes. Established by the California Legislature in 1945, OAH provides independent Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) to conduct hearings for over 1,500 State and local government agencies. OAH provides both adjudication and alternative dispute resolution services.
Of the 10,000 to 14,000 cases filed with OAH each year, approximately 50 percent of our General Jurisdiction cases and 96 percent of our Special Education cases are resolved without the need for hearing and decision. OAH offers a wealth of experience, qualified ALJs, professional calendar staff, and the flexibility to mediate, arbitrate, or adjudicate administrative disputes at a cost substantially less than charged by other providers.