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A LINK TO THE VIRTUAL HEARING ROOM CALENDAR IS FOUND AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE UNDER "VIRTUAL HEARING CALENDAR"

OAH is seeking ways to use technology to help the public safely navigate through the current public health emergency. One of our challenges is ensuring your hearing will be conducted in an environment that supports social distancing for you, the administrative law judge, inspector, attorneys – all participants.

All inspectors will appear remotely and drivers may also appear remotely from their home or office via computer or mobile device.

Below are the requirements and rules for OAH remote hearings.

Technical Requirements for Remote Hearings

  • Must have fast and stable Internet connection.
  • Must have a video device, such as a webcam on a computer, a phone, or a laptop.
  • Must have a microphone, or the ability to dial into a number via a phone.
  • Must have a valid, working email address[CCA(1] .
  • Must allow application/plugin installation for Cisco Webex Meetings[CCA(2] .

To Ensure the Best Experience and Avoid Delays

  • Participate from a location with good overhead lighting and where you can eliminate noise from other sources.
  • Test your camera and microphone before you connect to the hearing.
  • Avoid setting up your device in front of a window, as you will appear in shadow.
  • Minimize interruptions by others in your environment.

Hearing Dress Code and Decorum

Remote hearings are an official court appearance and all persons participating in one must dress and conduct themselves as if they are physically going into a courtroom. Business casual clothing is acceptable. Persons not dressed appropriately and/or who conduct themselves in an unacceptable manner will be asked to leave the hearing or be expelled. All remote hearing activity is subject to recording and broadcasting.

  • Follow the administrative law judge’s instructions about when to speak to ensure all parties are heard.
  • Be courteous and respectful to all participants.
  • No profanity.

Preparing for your remote hearing

You must submit any documents or evidence that you would like the court consider during your remote hearing at least five (5) days in advance of the hearing. This requirement also applies to law enforcement officers.

Attorneys must submit attorney appearance forms five (5) days in advance of the hearing.

You may submit evidence and documents by email to [email protected], or fax to (202) 442-4789. Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number, and the email address of the person filing the exhibits/documents. You must also include the ticket number, the case number assigned by OAH, or a statement that a case number has not yet been assigned. Please provide a brief description of exhibits/document. A filing that does not contain this information is subject to rejection.

The Day of Your Remote Hearing

The morning of your hearing, go to the DFHV Virtual Hearing Calendadr (link below). Search for your name and ticket number, and then click on the assigned hearing room link. You will be placed in our virtual waiting room until the Administrative Law Judge starts the hearing session.

You may log in 15 minutes before your hearing. If you appear late for the hearing, you may lose your case.

Virtual Hearing Calendar