DUE TO COVID-19, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING
Individuals entering the OAH Hunt Valley building must:
While not required, individuals who wish to use face coverings at OAH offices are permitted to do so. Preferred face coverings
do not include bandanas, gaiters, or masks with exhalation valves.
Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face masks.
Beginning July 1, 2021, the OAH Rockville office at 40 West Gude Drive will be open. Individuals entering the
OAH Rockville office must comply with the same requirements for entering the Hunt Valley building. In addition, all individuals entering the OAH Rockville Office must wear a mask at all times while in the building due to local restrictions.
OAH Offices in Salisbury and Cumberland are currently CLOSED.
If the hearing notice states that the hearing will be held at the OAH Hunt Valley building (11101 Gilroy Road) or the Rockville office (40 West Gude Drive),
the hearing will be held in person unless an Administrative Law Judge orders otherwise. OAH is using only the largest hearing rooms for in-person hearings. In addition, OAH has added plexiglass partitions
and dividers to many hearing rooms for the protection of hearing participants. You may request that a case scheduled for an in-person hearing be converted to a remote hearing by following the instructions on this website.
If your case has been scheduled for a remote hearing,instructions for participating in a remote proceeding will be sent to you. Please review your notice of hearing/mediation carefully for instructions on participating in a remote proceeding.
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IF YOUR CASE HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR AN IN-PERSON HEARING, THE PARTIES MAY FILE A JOINT REQUEST FOR A REMOTE HEARING. Click here for instructions. In order to use this form, all parties must agree to the joint request to convert the hearing to a remote hearing. In addition, the OAH may also convert any hearing from an in-person hearing to a remote hearing. If this occurs, the OAH will timely notify the parties.
ALL REQUESTS FOR A HEARING MUST BE MAILED TO OAH AT 11101 GILROY ROAD, HUNT VALLEY, MARYLAND 21031.
The Maryland Legislature created the independent Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)
in 1990 to provide the public with a corps of Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) to decide
appeals of administrative agency decisions. The creation of OAH increased the fairness of
administrative hearings by ensuring that the decision-maker presiding over an administrative
hearing was not an employee of the same State agency that made the decision. Creating OAH
also saved the State of Maryland the substantial cost of each State agency maintaining
an administrative hearing unit.
OAH employs approximately fifty-five ALJs, each of whom was an experienced attorney prior
to being appointed as an ALJ. ALJs preside over thousands of hearings a year and pride themselves
on issuing decisions in each case within ninety days or less after the close of the record for the hearing.
Maryland is one of twenty-seven States to establish a centralized panel of ALJs for the purpose of reviewing
decisions of State agencies. Maryland’s OAH handles cases arising from a larger variety of State agencies than
any other centralized administrative hearing panel in the country and is one of the largest
central panel agencies in the United States. Based on OAH’s lengthy history, size, and expertise
in administrative law, other jurisdictions frequently contact the Maryland OAH for advice on how to create a similar system.
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