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

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OAH Participating in the Great California ShakeOut
Thursday, October 02, 2014

OAH Participating in the Great California ShakeOut on October 16th 2014 at 10:16am

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) has registered to participate in the Great California ShakeOut statewide earthquake drill in October. The purpose of the Great California ShakeOut is to prepare Californians for major earthquakes and help prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.

 OAH will join millions of Californians by practicing “DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON” on Thursday, October 16, 2014, at 10:16am. The drill is expected to last a few minutes therefore only minor delays are expected; however, please note that the drill will briefly interrupt on-site mediations and hearings. Customers and visitors that are on-site for mediations or hearings during the drill are strongly encouraged to participate but note that your participation is voluntary.

For more information on steps to take to better prepare yourself before the next large earthquake occurs, please visit the Great California ShakeOut website at:   

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.


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.

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 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.

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.