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Authorized in 1989, the Office of Administrative Hearings began operations in January 1990 (Chapter 788, Acts of 1989). The Office provides an impartial hearing process for all contested State agency actions, except for those concerning agencies exempted by law. Maryland is one of twenty-seven states with a centralized office established for administrative adjudication.

A citizen who disagrees with an action taken by a State administrative agency may appear before an administrative law judge to obtain an impartial review. Administrative law judges are attorneys who are members in good standing of the Maryland Bar and have practiced law for at least five years. They are appointed by the Chief Administrative Law Judge to conduct administrative hearings. Administrative law judges are independent of the government agency whose action is being contested. Though based in the Baltimore area, the judges hear cases statewide.

The Office is headed by the Chief Administrative Law Judge, who is appointed to a six-year term by the Governor with Senate advice and consent (Code State Government Article, secs. 9-1601 through 9-1610).

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