Request Special Education Due Process Hearing
School districts, parents or other authorized parties can request a Special Education due process hearing and/or mediation with the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
Either a district or parent may file with OAH a Request for Due Process Hearing and Mediation. Upon receipt, OAH will send to the other party and to the party requesting the hearing a Scheduling Order notifying the parties of the dates for prehearing conference, hearing, and the date by which the parties must submit a request for mediation.
To request a due process hearing and mediation a party should submit a request to OAH along with a Proof of Service showing that the request was sent to the other party or parties. OAH provides optional forms – Request for Due Process Hearing and Mediation and Proof of Service – which may be found on the Forms page on this website.
Below are links to an optional form “Request for Due Process Hearing and Mediation” in English, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Other languages are available upon request.
To request OAH to set a mediation date the parties must submit a request to OAH. OAH provides an optional form called Request to Set Mediation (and Continue Due Process Hearing) –which may be found on the Forms page on this website.
A proof of service is part of the optional forms so no additional proof of service is needed if the forms are used. If the optional forms are not used, parties may wish to use the optional Proof of Service form, which may be found on the Forms page on this website.
Links to Additional Information and Optional Forms
- Further information regarding the life-cycles of a mediation only and due process hearing with mediation cases.
- Further information regarding OAH mediations in general.
- Further information on filing and serving documents.
- Further information regarding using OAH's Secure e-File Transfer (SFT) email filing.
Office of Administrative Hearings
Sacramento, CA 95833
Main Contact Number: (916) 263-0880