Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH)

The Commission continues to work OAH to improve services to pro se litigants. In recent years, this has included the following:

  • The Commission has strongly urged OAH to amend its rules to make them more user–friendly for pro se litigants. After the proposed rules were published in fall 2010, the Commission met with OAH representatives to discuss comments submitted by the provider community and offer assistance. The revised rules came into effect on January 1, 2011.
  • The Commission worked closely with OAH to explore models and resources for its new pro se resource center and to provide training for OAH judges with respect to DCCA opinions that affect OAH cases. In addition to providing input on the physical plans for the space, the Commission has provided information about community resources.
  • The Commission has helped OAH to update its legal services referral lists.