OAH Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Beginning July 6, 2020, the Hunt Valley location of the
Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is open for hearings.

All initial requests for a hearing must be mailed to the
Hunt Valley OAH at 11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031.
No in-person requests, fees, or filings will be accepted.

Individuals entering the OAH Hunt Valley building must

answer a set of screening questions;

be subject to a contactless temperature check;

wear a mask (gaiters, bandanas and masks
with exhalation valves are not permitted); and

practice social distancing.

OAH offices in Rockville, Salisbury, and Cumberland
will remain closed until further notice.

Except for hearings scheduled at Maryland State Police facilities (which will be conducted in-person beginning August 3, 2020), hearings scheduled at non-OAH buildings or locations will not be conducted in-person at this time, and parties should follow the instructions below if they want to request a remote hearing.

On and after July 6, 2020, there will be no in-person MVA driver’s license hearings held at the OAH Hunt Valley location or any MVA location.

Beginning August 3, 2020, all MVA driver’s license hearings will be held remotely via WebEx unless good cause is shown for an in-person hearing at the OAH Hunt Valley location. Please review your notice of hearing carefully for instructions on participating in a remote hearing. Click here for WebEx FAQs. MVA hearing participants must be in a quiet place free of distractions to participate in the hearing; no hearing participant may be driving while participating in a hearing. Hearing participants must also be appropriately and fully dressed.

Any foreclosure mediation scheduled before August 17, 2020 is canceled and will be rescheduled remotely. Beginning August 17, 2020, all foreclosure mediations will be held remotely via WebEx. Please refer to your mediation notice for information and click here for WebEx FAQs.

How to file a joint request for
a remote proceeding for a non-MVA case

Parties in a non-MVA case may file joint requests to convert a scheduled in-person proceeding to a remote proceeding. To use this website form and email submission address, all parties to the case must join in the request to convert the hearing to a remote hearing.

Click here for instructions.

All parties should continue to check this website for updates.

Maryland Department of Health -
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Information

Office of Administrative Hearings

The Maryland Legislature created the independent Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in 1990 to provide the public with a corp of Administrative Law Judges to decide appeals of administrative agency decisions. This action 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 was involved in the dispute. Creating the OAH also saved the State of Maryland the substantial cost of maintaining individual administrative hearing units in each State agency.

The Maryland OAH employs approximately fifty-five Administrative Law Judges, each of whom was a seasoned lawyer prior to his or her appointment as an Administrative Law Judge. Administrative Law Judges preside over thousands of hearings a year and pride themselves on maintaining an outstanding record of issuing a decision in each case within ninety days or less. Each Administrative Law Judge travels around the State to provide Maryland residents, businesses and State agency personnel with an administrative hearing in as convenient a location as possible.

Maryland is one of twenty-seven States to establish a centralized panel of judges for the purpose of administrative adjudication. Maryland’s OAH handles cases arising from a larger variety of State agencies than any other central panel in the country and is one of the largest central panel agencies in the United States. Based on its lengthy history, size, and expertise in administrative law, other jurisdictions interested in creating a central panel frequently contact the Maryland OAH for advice on how to create a similar system.

Human Trafficking
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