OAH Newsroom

Welcome to the OAH newsroom. For all media inquires involving OAH and its divisions please call (916) 376-5037.

If it is after hours, please contact Michael Liang at (916) 475-8843.  Comments? Suggestions? Inquiries? 

Latest News

Latest News

E-Filing for the Special Ed Division Now Available
Monday, September 14, 2015

E-Filing for the Special Ed Division Now Available

The Special Education Division is now accepting electronic filings (e-filing).  Documents can be submitted electronically as email attachments to Please review the resources below for important Guidelines and FAQs related to e-filing prior to participating.  If you have any further questions, please contact a case manager at 916-263-0880.

Special Ed E-Filing Resources (links open as pdf in new window)

New Forms for Teacher Dismissal Cases at OAH
Friday, June 5, 2015

New Forms for Teacher Dismissal Cases at OAH

Assembly Bill 215, effective January 1, 2015, made significant changes and additions to the Education Code provisions concerning suspension or dismissal of permanent certificated teachers. The Office of Administrative Hearings will begin implementing new processes for teacher dismissal cases.  For more information, please visit the

Teacher Dismissal Cases at OAH page.
The following are the new forms Teacher Dismissal Cases:

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.

Bob Varma is Special Education Division Presiding Administrative Law Judge
Monday, March 9, 2015

Bob Varma is Special Education Division Presiding Administrative Law Judge

Presiding Administrative Law Judge Bob Varma has assumed the position of the Special Education Division Presiding ALJ.  He joined the Office of Administrative Hearings in 2009 and became the Presiding ALJ in the Special Education Sacramento office in 2010.  He brings a wealth of experience to his new position and will continue to provide excellent leadership to the division and OAH.

Former Division Presiding ALJ Judith Kopec will be leaving OAH in May.  She will work closely with Division Presiding ALJ Varma to ensure a smooth transition.

Zackery Morazzini Appointed Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge of OAH
Thursday, January 15, 2015

Zackery Morazzini Appointed Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings

Zackery Morazzini has been appointed Director and Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Office of Administrative Hearings. Director Morazzini has served as general counsel at the California Fair Political Practices Commission since 2011 and served in several positions at the California Department of Justice from 2001 to 2011, including supervising deputy attorney general, deputy attorney general and graduate legal scholar. Director Morazzini was an attorney at Martinez and Kaminski from 2000 to 2001 and at the Pacific Legal Foundation from 1999 to 2000. He earned Master of Science in Law and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

View Governor Brown’s Press Release: Governor Brown Announces Appointments


Stull Panel Member Reimbursement Claims
Thursday, January 23, 2014

Stull Panel Member Reimbursement Claims

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.  

Orders Sealing Confidential Personal Information
Wednesday, July 3, 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.


PWCA Notice
Monday, July 12, 2010

PWCA Notice

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.