DUE TO COVID-19, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING
(updated 2/2/2021)

THE HUNT VALLEY LOCATION OF THE OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS (OAH) IS OPEN.

Individuals entering the OAH Hunt Valley building must:

  • Answer a set of screening questions;
  • Submit to a contactless temperature check;
  • Wear a mask (gaiters and bandanas are not permitted); and
  • Practice social distancing.
  • OAH OFFICES IN ROCKVILLE, SALISBURY, AND CUMBERLAND ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. PROCEEDINGS USUALLY SCHEDULED AT THESE LOCATIONS AND ALL OTHER LOCATIONS AROUND THE STATE WILL BE HELD REMOTELY. 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. Click here for WebEx FAQs.

    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.

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    Office of Administrative Hearings

    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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