Thursday, August 15, 2013
Electronic Filing at the Office of Administrative Hearings
Beginning September 3, 2013, OAH will require all General Jurisdiction (not Special Education) case documents filed by governmental entities with our Sacramento and Oakland offices to be submitted electronically. Attorneys representing individuals or individuals who choose to do so may also file documents electronically, but documents filed electronically must be filed according to the filing and naming guidelines established by OAH.
Electronic filings with the Los Angeles and San Diego offices will be voluntary. We anticipate mandatory electronic filings in all OAH offices in the Fall 2013.
When filing a document electronically by email, there is no need to file a hard copy of the same document by regular mail or personal delivery. The electronically filed document is sufficient and will constitute an original filing with OAH. With your continued assistance, we hope that we will soon no longer be receiving any hard copy documents from government agencies.
In order to ensure all documents OAH receives by email are properly identified and formatted, and can be correctly filed in our computerized case management system, OAH will require parties to follow the Electronic Filing and Naming Guidelines.
For additional information and a list of OAH Office emails, please visit the Electronic Filing at the Office of Administrative Hearings webpage.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Instructions for Seeking Orders Sealing Confidential Personal Information:
Note: Applies to General Jurisdiction cases. Does not apply to Special Education cases.
The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) expects all parties to redact (black out) from documents filed with OAH, including pleadings and exhibits, all confidential personal information whenever possible. Personal information is deemed confidential if any statute or regulation provides for its confidentiality. Confidential personal information includes, but may not be limited to, crime victim or investigative complaining witness names, addresses, and telephone numbers. It also includes all social security numbers, financial account numbers, credit card numbers, dates of birth, names of minor children, and medical information. When redacting social security or financial numbers, the last four digits may be revealed if necessary.
All attorneys and parties appearing before OAH and offering documents containing confidential personal information must take the necessary steps to redact the information or request appropriate orders.
Request for Sealing Order: If a document must be considered in its entirety, redaction is not practicable, or will not adequately protect privacy interests, OAH expects the party offering the document to request an appropriate protective sealing order. A request for a protective sealing order must include a description of the documents proposed to be sealed, a statement of the factual and legal basis for sealing the documents, a statement of the reasons why redaction of information is not adequate, an indication whether any party opposes sealing the documents, and a proof of service of the request upon all parties to the case. An optional form for requesting a protective sealing order OAH 87.
Proposed Order: An optional Protective Order Sealing Confidential Records form OAH 88. Parties who are submitting a request for an order sealing records may also complete the Order form and submit it to OAH as a proposed order. Any party submitting a proposed order to OAH must serve a copy of that proposed order on all other parties to the case.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is now accepting applications for Pro Tem Administrative Law Judges (Pro Tem ALJs) and contract attorneys to represent patients committed to the Department of State Hospitals (DSH). Mental Health (DMH). These hearings will be conducted in accordance with Penal Code section 1370. The hearings will be on Wednesdays and Fridays at the following state Hospitals: Patton State Hospital, Napa State Hospital, Atascadero, Metropolitan State Hospital, Vacaville and Salinas. The requirements for these positions can be found here: Department of State Hospitals AB 366 Hearings
Penal Code section 1370 link.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Administrative Law Judge Melissa Crowell has been appointed as the new Deputy Director for the Office of Administrative Hearings. Judge Crowell has been with OAH since June 1995, first as a pro tem ALJ and then as a permanent ALJ in 1998. She served as the Presiding Administrative Law Judge for Oakland from April 2000 to May 2007 and has been a line ALJ since 2007. Judge Crowell was also the Senior Judicial Staff Attorney to Honorable Marc Poche of Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District. Judge Crowell brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Deputy Director position and will be a tremendous help to OAH’s Director, Linda Cabatic.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Department of Rehabilitation
Commencing August 1, 2012, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) will be conducting all state-level hearings in the Appeals program for the Department of Rehabilitation. The DOR and OAH entered into an interagency agreement for this purpose. Pursuant to the interagency agreement, hearings will be conducted within 60 days of the date of receipt of the mediation and/or fair hearing request.
Participants in these hearings should read the requirements for hearings conducted before OAH under the DOR page or visit the DOR Appeals website at http://www.dor.ca.gov/Appeals
Monday, July 02, 2012
Notice: Effective July 1, 2012, the Public Works Contract Arbitration (PWCA) Filing Fees have changed.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Individuals with substantial experience in public works construction contracting and arbitration are invited to apply to serve on the Public Works Contract Arbitration (PWCA) Panel of Arbitrators. See PWCA Arbitrator Information for more information.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Governor Brown Appoints Linda Cabatic Director of OAH
Linda Cabatic has been appointed director of the Office of Administrative Hearings, where she has served as deputy director since 2008. She served as chief counsel for the California Department of General Services from 2004 to 2008 and senior staff counsel and chief counsel for the Office of the Secretary of State in 2004. Cabatic was a senior deputy secretary of legal affairs for Governor Gray Davis in 2003 and general counsel for the California Department of Education from 1999 to 2003. She worked at the California Attorney General’s Office as senior assistant attorney general from 1997 to 1999, supervising deputy attorney general in 1997 and deputy attorney general from 1981 to 1997. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Child Support Services Hearings
Commencing January 1, 2010, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) will be conducting all state-level hearings in the Complaint Resolution Program for the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS). The DCSS and OAH entered into an interagency agreement for this purpose. Pursuant to the interagency agreement, hearings will be conducted within 45 days of the date that OAH receives the case documents sent to them by DCSS. In order to assist in expediting the hearings for cases that have been collected by the DCSS thus far, OAH will initially conduct all state hearings by telephone.
Participants in these hearings should read the requirements for hearings conducted before OAH under the DCSS page.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Office of Administrative Hearings is pleased to announce a new online survey for participants in Special Education and Lanterman Act mediations and hearings. In an effort to make the survey more convenient, the new process was developed to make the survey more efficient, cost effective, and secure method of collecting information.
The Office of Administrative Hearings will send an email to participants with a link and an identifying password to access the survey. Participants click on the link provided, enter the password and complete the survey online. If a participant does not provide an email address, a hard copy of the survey will be sent via U.S. mail.
As always, we appreciate your participation in our survey.