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SE Advisory Committee Meeting, April 11, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Special Education Division Advisory Committee Meeting

Webcast April 11, 2014, 10AM - 1PM

Please join us on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10 AM – 1 PM, via webcast for our next Special Education Advisory Committee Meeting.  Click to participate in the live webcast on April 11, 2014 (link to new window for Webcast webpage).  Or, join us for the meeting in person at one of these locations:


OAH Sacramento

2349 Gateway Oaks, Suite 200

Sacramento, CA 95833 


OAH Van Nuys

15350 Sherman Way, Suite 300

Van Nuys, CA 91406 

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Dean at

(916) 263-0653 or


Stull Panel Member Reimbursement Claims
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Effective July 1, 2013, Assembly Bill 97, Chapter 47, Statutes of 2013, eliminated the categorical program for Teacher Dismissal Hearing Panel member payments included in Budget Act item 6110-209-0001.  The program is now included as part of the County’s Local Control Funding Formula.  Therefore, OAH is no longer able to process any Stull panel member’s reimbursement claim.  Claims for reimbursement will need to be handled directly between the requesting party and the District.  

Electronic Filing at the OAH
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Electronic Filing at the Office of Administrative Hearings

OAH requires all General Jurisdiction (not Special Education) case documents filed by governmental entities with our 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 below.

When filing a document electronically by email, there is no need to file a hard copy of the same document. 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 requires 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.

Orders Sealing Confidential Personal Information
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.


OAH is Accepting Applications for Pro Tem ALJs and Attorneys
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.  

DOR Hearings at OAH
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

PWCA Filing Fees Have Changed
Monday, July 02, 2012

Notice:  Effective July 1, 2012, the Public Works Contract Arbitration (PWCA) Filing Fees have changed.

PWCA Notice
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.

Governor Brown Appoints Linda Cabatic Director of OAH
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.

DCSS Hearings at OAH
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.

New Survey Process for Special Education and Lanterman Act
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.