The Department of Administrative Hearings is an independent quasi-judicial body. The matters which come before us to be adjudicated relate to the public health, safety, welfare, morals and economic well being of the residents of the City of Chicago.
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EFFECTIVE JULY 9, 2020 Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) will begin conducting in person hearings for certain case types at the Central Hearing Facility (CHF) 400 West Superior.  If your docket number contains the following alpha designations,  "DS", "WG", "TX" or "WD" your case will be heard on the designated date at CHF, otherwise please refer to General Order 20-1.

On Friday, July 10th and all Fridays thereafter, motions to set aside scheduled in Courtrooms 105 and 111 will be heard at 400 W. Superior. 

This notice only applies to these case types and only if your case is scheduled at 400 West Superior. 

From July 13 – July 18, 2020, boot hearings will only be conducted at the 400 W. Superior hearing location.

Please continue to check this website for future updates pertaining to other case types.  Updated July 10, 2020

***For the health and safety of yourself and others, you will be required to wear a face covering over your mouth and nose as required by Illinois state law unless a documented health issue prevents you from doing so (please be prepared to show such documentation at the facility).  In order to maintain social distancing, please be advised that only named Respondents will be allowed into the facility.  Please make sure you attend only at your designated court time.  Translation services are available for 170 different dialects and languages.  Those who are assisting the elderly will be allowed to accompany them. ***


The Department of Administrative Hearings does not participate in settlement discussions.   If you have any questions regarding the settlement of an outstanding violation, please contact the appropriate enforcing department via the links below. 

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Department of Law - Legal Information and Prosecutions - Administrative Hearings attorneys prosecute municipal ordinance violations at the Department of Administrative Hearings. These cases include violations cited by the Chicago Police Department, Commission on Animal Care and Control, Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Department of Streets and Sanitation, and Department of Buildings


In furtherance of the City’s COVID-19 response, the Chief Administrative Law Judge has entered the attached General Order 20-1;

Until further order of the Chief Administrative Law Judge motions to set aside the default can be submitted via email.

Please complete the attached MTSA form and email it to or fax to 312.742.8222.

DOAH will then schedule a hearing date on which this motion will be heard and send you notification to your email. Please include a daytime phone number on this motion.


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If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact 312.742.8200.


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