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Starting a Case

Cases Involving Notices of Infraction or Notices of Violation

Some agencies of the District of Columbia government can start a case at the Office of Administrative Hearings by filing a Notice of Violation or a Notice of Infraction.  If you have received a Notice of Violation or a Notice of Infraction, follow the directions on the Notice to file your answer.  Be sure to file your response within the time specified in the notice.

All Other Cases

If you wish to start a case at the Office of Administrative Hearings involving the following agencies, you may do so by filing a request for a hearing.  While there are generally no special forms required, there are forms available for you to complete and file with the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Only certain types of cases can be filed by calling the Office of Administrative Hearings at (202) 442-9094.  They are:

  • All cases involving the Department of Human Services:
    • Medicaid (and Health Care Alliance) eligibility and level of services
    • TANF
    • Food Stamps (SNAP)
    • Interim Disability Assistance
    • Child Care Subsidies
    • Burial Assistance
    • General Assistance for Children
    • Program on Work, Employment, and Responsibility (POWER)
  • All cases under the Homeless Services Reform Act:
    • Terminations, suspensions, transfers or denials of services
    • Violation of rights granted by the Homeless Services Reform Act
    • Denials of applications for emergency rental assistance, and
  • All denials of benefits from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) administered by the District Department of the Environment

All other cases must be started by filing a document at the Office of Administrative Hearings:

  • Unemployment Compensation/Department of Employment Services
  • Rental Housing/Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Tax/Office of Tax and Revenue
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Disability Services
  • Department of Health Care Financing
  • Department of Health (limited to non-Notice of Infraction cases)
  • Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (limited to non-Notice of Infraction cases)
  • Security Guard Licensing/Metropolitan Police Department
  • Child and Family Services Agency (Facility licensing)
  • Child Support Services Division/Office of Attorney General (seizure of funds)
  • Office of State School Superintendent
  • Board of Appeals and Review (certain licensing cases)
  • Taxicab Commission

Cases involving the District of Columbia Public Schools start when the District of Columbia Public Schools either issues a notice setting the time for a hearing at the Office of Administrative Hearings or files an Administrative Decision with the Office of Administrative hearings.