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The administrative hearing process is similar to being in court for a trial. However, an administrative hearing involves disputes under the authority of governmental agencies. An administrative hearing establishes a record of facts in a particular case, toward some type of resolution. In the hearing, you are allowed to tell your side of the story in the dispute.

The general law which governs General Government and Work and Family Services administrative hearings is Wis. Stat. ch. 227. Corrections hearings are governed under Wis. Admin Code ch. HA2. The Office of Worker's Compensation is covered under Wis. Stat. ch. 102. Other cases may also be governed by another specific law with different requirements. An agency may also have special administrative rules which are, in effect, "additional laws" governing cases in that agency.

This information has been provided to help you understand the hearing process. It is not intended to substitute for the legal advice and assistance of an attorney. This is a general explanation and does not cover all details contained in the applicable statutes.

PARTIES
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE
YOUR RIGHT TO BE REPRESENTED
TALKING TO THE ALJ
AGENCY DECISIONS SUBJECT TO APPEAL
PREHEARING CONFERENCE
SETTLEMENT
DISCOVERY AND DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE
WITNESSES AND SUBPOENAS
RESCHEDULING, CONTINUING, ADJOURNING
THE HEARING
PROVING THE CASE
THE DECISION
APPEAL