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.


Extreme Weather Advisory General Order 24-1

Due to the extreme weather conditions predicted for the Chicagoland area from Friday, January 12th, 2024, until Tuesday January 16th, 2024, Patricia Jackowiak, the Director/Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Department of Administrative Hearings (DOAH) has ordered that no adverse action be taken against respondents who fail to appear for their hearing during this time.

Respondents who are unable to attend their hearing will be mailed an order indicating a new court date.

All DOAH facilities will be open to the public during this time (except for the Monday January 15th observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday).

Contesting Parking Tickets 

How to contest Parking, Red Light and Automated Speed Enforcement tickets

WebEx Virtual Hearings

Department of Administrative Hearings are conducting virtual hearings for certain case types.  Click here if you have been notified that a virtual hearing is available for your case

Motion To Set Aside the Default

General Order 20-3 from the Chief Administrative Law Judge motions to set aside the default can be submitted via email.

Please complete the MTSA form and chose one of the three following options:

     1.) email it to 

     2.) fax to 312.742.8222, 

     3.) file in person at 400 West Superior. 

Please select only one of the above options.  For email or fax requests, please allow at least three business days for you MTSA to be processed.  Resubmitting another request will delay the process.  Do not email and than faxed or mailed in your MTSA.

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.


For information and/or questions regarding the settlement of a violation, please contact the appropriate enforcing department. (Click Here)


Top Five Frequently Asked Questions

The top five answers to the most commonly asked questions.

The Hearing Process

An overview of steps from receipt of a notice of violation to the final decision of an Administrative Law Judge.

 Paying Administrative Hearings Fines Online

Make online payments for most Administrative Hearings cases.

Administrative Law Judge Opportunity 

        Administrative Law Judges hear cases filed by specific City Departments.

Court Services

Available services include a no cost attorney legal advice help desk, sign language interpreters for the hearing impaired and foreign language interpretation service for non-English speaking respondents.

If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact 312.742.8200. 

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