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  • The Office of Administrative Hearings
    State Capitol
    We serve the public by providing impartial, fair, and efficient contested case hearing services to agencies, businesses and individuals.
About Us Useful Information
 John Mann  
Chief Administrative Law Judge

In 1999 the Oregon Legislature created the Office of Administrative Hearings (then the Hearing Officer Panel). Our role is to provide an independent and impartial forum for citizens and businesses to dispute state agency action against them. Previously, employees of the agencies themselves heard these cases. 

With 65 professional administrative law judges, we hold over 30,000 hearings a year for approximately 70 state agencies. By statute, all administrative law judges are required to be "impartial in the performance of [their] duties and shall remain fair in all hearings." We are committed to doing that. We are equally committed to producing timely decisions of the highest quality. Oregon is now the 22nd state in the nation with an independent central panel of administrative law judges. 
To read an article from former Chief Administrative Law Judge Thomas Ewing discussing the history of the OAH please click the link below.   Please note that this article was written in 2005 and does not necessarily reflect current practices and procedures of the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Office of Administrative Hearings Main Phone Number: 



Fax Numbers: 

Unemployment Hearings - 503-947-1531

DHS Hearings - 503-947-1503

DMV Hearings - 503-947-1923

Child Support Hearings - 503-947-1921

Agencies, Boards & Commissions - 503-947-1923


To request an Unemployment Insurance Hearing please contact the Employment Department:
Phone – 877-345-3484
Fax – 503-947-1335
In person at any OED worksource office
Unemployment Insurance Claims contact the Employment Department
call 1-877-345-3484