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About OAH

The kinds of cases heard by the Office of Administrative Hearings include:

  • disciplinary proceedings against professional and vocational licensees;
  • hearings to contest the denial of an application for licensure or registration, or the denial of an application for renewal or restoration;
  • hearings to contest the issuance of citations for engaging in activities for which a professional or vocational license is required;
  • disputes involving the denial or withholding of no-fault or personal injury protection benefits;
  • disputes involving the legal ownership of trade names, trade marks, partnership names, and corporate names; and
  • hearings to contest the issuance of cease and desist orders issued by the Boards, Commissions, programs, and Divisions of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

The Office of Administrative Hearings also conducts formal administrative proceedings to resolve disputes arising from the State's procurement laws pursuant to Hawai`i Revised Statutes Chapter 103D.

Also included within the Office of Administrative Hearings are the Medical Claims Conciliation Panel ("MCCP") and the Design Claim Conciliation Panel ("DCCP").

Since October 2002, the Office of Administrative Hearings has been responsible for conducting all due process hearings for the Department of Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA").

Lastly, Act 277, 2006 Session Laws of Hawaii, established the Condominium Management Dispute Resolution Process Pilot Program ("CMDRP Pilot Program") for condominium disputes arising under Part VI of Hawaii Revised Statues Chapter 514B, and Act 244, 2007 Session Laws of Hawaii, re-established the Condominium Dispute Resolution Pilot Program ("CDR Pilot Program") for condominium dsiputes arising under Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 514A.