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

Latest News

Latest News

SE Advisory Committee Accepting Applications
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is accepting applications for the OAH Special Education Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee was established to assist OAH by providing non-binding recommendations for improvements to the special education hearing and mediation processes.


The Advisory Committee is composed of two regions, the Southern California Region and the Northern California Region. The Committee has nine members in each region. At least five members in each region will be parents or those who represent parents and students. The four remaining members in each region will be comprised of others interested in serving on the Advisory Committee. The Committee meets twice a year.  Each member serves a two-year term. Additional information is provided in the attached documents.


If you wish to be a member of the Advisory Committee, please complete and return the attached application along with a one-page statement of interest summarizing your experience and interest in the Committee. Applications must be received no later than close of business on September 14, 2015.

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

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:

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

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


Linda Cabatic Retires as the Director of OAH
Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Effective December 22, 2014, Linda Cabatic has retired from state service and is no longer the Director of OAH. OAH wishes Linda well in her new endeavors.

Deputy Director Melissa Crowell has been named Acting Director until further notice. Any and all inquiries should be directed to her attention.

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.


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 5, 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.