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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Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) are conducting in person hearings for the following case types at the Central Hearing Facility (CHF).  

Your docket number must contain one of the following; 

Alpha Designations

Effective Date

"DS","PT", "WG", "TX", "WD"
07/09/2020
"CP" If scheduled in room 105 see below (1)
08/07/2020
"CP" If scheduled in room 106 see below (4) 
09/08/2020
“FE” see below (2)
08/19/2020
"VP" see below (3) 
09/02/2020
"CS", "RV" see below (4)
09/08/2020
“DH”
10/01/2020
"DE"
10/22/2020
"DT"
11/02/2020

your case will be heard on the designated date at CHF, otherwise please refer to General Order 20-3.  This only applies to these case types and only if your case is scheduled at 400 West Superior.  If your case type is NOT listed above, your case will be continued by the Court.

 

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. If you have a motion scheduled for either of these rooms on a Friday your appearance is required, regardless of the underlying case type. 

(1) EFFECTIVE AUGUST 7, 2020 VACANT BUILDING & WATCHMAN violations (13-12-125 and 13-12-140) that are scheduled to be heard in Courtroom 105 will continue to be heard on the 1st Friday of each month in Room 105. This only applies to these case types and  only if your case is scheduled at 400 West Superior.

(2) EFFECTIVE AUGUST 19, 2020 FLEEING AND ELUDING cases that have the alpha designation “FE” in the docket number and are scheduled to be heard in Courtroom 111 on the third Wednesday of each month will be heard as scheduled.  This only applies to these case types and only if your case is scheduled at 400 West Superior.

(3) EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 in person Vehicle Impoundment Full Hearings will resume. Full Hearings for “VP” dockets will be heard in Rooms 110, 114, or 116 as scheduled. If you requested a vehicle impoundment hearing and received a hearing notice or an order continuing a “VP” docket for full hearing in Room 110, 114, or 116 to a date on or after September 2, 2020, please appear at the Central Hearing Facility prepared for your hearing. This only applies to this case type and only if your case is scheduled at 400 W. Superior.

(3) EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 in person motion to set aside hearings for “VP” dockets will resume. Vehicle Impoundment Motion to Set Aside Hearings are scheduled on Tuesday and Friday in Room 108 at the Central Hearing Facility. This only applies to this case type and only if your case is scheduled at 400 W. Superior.

Due to social distancing protocols, the following is effective for all PARKING ticket related matters until further notice:  The Pulaski and Jeffery hearing locations are open for In-Person hearings, Boot hearings and Motions to Set Aside the Default hearings. The Central Hearing facility is only accepting Boot and Motions hearing requests at this time. Hours at each site remain the same.

Please continue to check this website for future updates pertaining to other case types.  Updated 09/29/2020

***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. 

(4) Effective September 8, 2020, violations scheduled in Courtroom 106 and Courtroom 107 will be heard in-person at DOAH as specified on the Administrative Notice of Violation (ANOV). Respondents with ANOVs scheduled for hearing in Courtroom 106 or Courtroom 107 who do not wish to appear in person may attempt to resolve their matters remotely by contacting the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) at least three (3) business days before your scheduled hearing date.  You must still appear in person at DOAH if your ANOV has not been resolved remotely by your scheduled hearing date. Instructions for BACP’s remote adjudication option are available at here: Remote Adjudication of Violation Notices (ANOVs)

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.

Special Notice for Building Code Violations:  If you have completed work to correct all of the ordinance violation(s) listed in the Administrative Notice of Ordinance Violation, you may be able to avoid appearing in person on your Court date.  Please visit the following link for further information and instructions Buildings Code Compliance

In furtherance of the City’s COVID-19 response, the Chief Administrative Law Judge has entered the attached General Order 20-3;

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 AH-MTSA@cityofchicago.org 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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