A comprehensive guide to understanding Special Education Due Process Hearings at OAH. This User Guide contains answers to frequently asked questions about the hearing process to help parents and other parties better understand California's special education dispute resolution system.
Alternate languages (translations of the new Handbook pending):
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Request to Set Mediation (and Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – English; fillable PDF
Request to Set Mediation (Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – Arabic; fillable PDF
Request to Set Mediation (Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – Korean; fillable PDF
Request to Set Mediation (Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – Mandarin; fillable PDF
Request to Set Mediation (Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – Spanish; fillable PDF
Request to Set Mediation (Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – Tagalog; fillable PDF
Request to Set Mediation (Continue Due Process Hearing, if Required) – Vietnamese; fillable PDF
Free or Low Cost Attorney List
Free or Low Cost Advocate List
Scheduling Guide – English
Case Withdrawal Request - English
Mediation and Due Process Hearing Information Packet for Unrepresented Parties - English
Notice of Resolution Session Outcome (Form)
Request to Set Mediation (and for Continuance of Initial Due Process Hearing, if Required) (Form)
Special Education Scheduling Guide (Reference)
Certification of ADA-compliant Facility and Rooms (Form)
List of Free or Low Cost Special Education Attorneys
List of Free or Low Cost Special Education Advocates
Applications to be included in this list, or renewal applications for continued inclusion, are due by October 1, 2018.
Each year, no later than August 1, all attorneys, advocates, or organizations that wish to be included on these lists must submit a new application to OAH. Any mid-year requests to update information or to be included on the list must be made no later than February 1 of each year. An updated list will be published by March 1 of each year. Everyone must submit a new complete application every August. Anyone wanting inclusion on the list should carefully keep track of the application deadlines.
Pursuant to California Education Code section 56502(h) and its inter-agency agreement with the California Department of Education, the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is required to maintain lists of free or reduced cost attorneys and advocates and make those lists available to the public. The attorneys or advocates listed on these lists self certify that they are free or low cost. You should contact the individual attorney or advocate and determine what free or low cost services they provide. OAH does not represent that the individuals placed on the list offer free or low cost services. It is important that if you choose to use these lists that you contact the attorneys and advocates to discuss their fees.
The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) offers an opportunity for feedback from those who participate in mediations and hearings. For those that do participate the mediator or hearing judge will provide each participant with a token which will look something like this: tWySJYyxdMIgUei.
Each token may only be used one time so once it has been used the token will no longer allow access to the surveys.
Once you have the token you may access our online surveys for mediations and hearings by entering the following address to your internet browser or simply click the links indicated below.
For mediation surveys click here or enter https://oahsurvey.limequery.com/27119?lang=en
For hearing surveys click here or enter https://oahsurvey.limequery.com/57278?lang=en
If you prefer not to use the internet, OAH can mail a copy of the survey. Please call 916-263-0880 to request a copy.
Surveys can be made available in languages other than English or Spanish either on the website or in a paper copy format. Please contact Laurie Crom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Privacy Notice: All surveys are anonymous. Your survey responses to not contain any identifying information about the participant. The identifying token is not kept with your response.