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Mission of the Office of Administrative Hearings

OAH Mission Statement

The Office of Administrative Hearings (“OAH") is an executive branch agency that provides independent administrative law judges (“ALJs") to preside as hearing officers over state and local administrative hearings and related proceedings. Our agency mission is to hold fair and impartial hearings and to issue reasoned and timely decisions for government agencies and the citizens of  North Dakota.

We fulfill this mission by:

*· providing ALJs for all state ch. 28-32 agencies required to use OAH services.
*· providing ALJs for those state agencies not under ch. 28-32 and units of local government that are required to use OAH services.
*· providing ALJs, upon request, for those state agencies that are not required to use OAH services.
*· providing ALJs, upon request, for state agency rules hearings.
*· providing ALJs, upon request, for any unit of local government.
*· providing ALJs, upon request, for any tribal government in this state.
*· providing ALJs, upon request, for the judicial branch.

OAH ALJs preside as procedural or substantive ALJs for all state agencies required to use OAH services. A procedural ALJ conducts the hearing and related proceedings, but the agency head, who must be present at the hearing, issues the findings of fact, conclusions of law, and order. A substantive ALJ conducts the hearing and related proceedings and issues recommended findings of fact and conclusions of law, and a recommended order. The agency head issues the final order. For many agency matters OAH ALJs conduct the hearing and issue the final order. OAH ALJs also preside as procedural or substantive ALJs for those state agencies and units of local government that are not required to use OAH services. They also preside at agency rules hearings, conducting the hearing only.

OAH ALJs conduct hearings under authority from the Administrative Agencies Practices Act (N.D.C.C. chapter 28-32), specific agency statutes, agency procedural rules, the Uniform Rules of Administrative Procedure for Adjudicative Proceedings (N.D. Admin. Code article 98-02), and federal statutes and rules.

News & Events

January 2014

The staff at the Office of Administrative Hearings wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year!


OAH Statutory References


Quick Contact

Wade C. Mann, Director
Office of Administrative Hearings
2911 N 14th St - Ste 303
Bismarck, ND 58503

Tel: (701) 328-3200
Fax: (701) 328-3254
Email:  oah@nd.gov