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Administrative Law Judge I, Office of Administrative Hearings (6071)

Administrative Law Judge I, Office of Administrative Hearings

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: OX90
  • Class Code: 6071
  • Established: 09/08/1945
  • Revised: 04/15/2013
  • Title Changed: 03/22/1983


Under direction, to preside over quasi-judicial hearings as provided under the Administrative Procedures Act and other applicable statutes; to render proposed decisions or to assist the agency in formulating its decisions; to assist with the research program for continued improvement of administrative law and procedure; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

Presides over or conducts quasi-judicial hearings and investigations for various State and other public agencies in connection with issuance, renewal, suspension, or revocation of licenses under the Administrative Procedures Act or other matters administered by the Office of Administrative Hearings; controls the course of the hearing, secures its reasonable expedition and orderly conduct throughout; administers oaths; instructs participants at hearings as to their rights; questions witnesses; rules on the relevancy or admissibility of evidence as provided by law; issues subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses or the production of necessary books, papers, documents, or other evidence; receives and reviews evidence in written form; examines testimony taken by deposition; prepares proposed decisions from transcripts and evidence submitted containing findings of facts and conclusions of law and recommended actions, or advises and assists the appropriate agency in formulating a decision; prepares reports to supplement findings and recommendations; certifies to official acts of an agency; forwards necessary information to the proper parties when appeals are carried to higher authorities; confers with superior officers, and officials of agencies on matters of policy, procedure, and interpretation and submits recommendations to the various agencies concerned; assists in research programs in connection with the study of administrative law and procedure including their relationship to effective public administration; and assists with the preparation of reports on the research program for the Governor and the State Legislature.

Minimum Qualifications

Admission to practice law in California for at least five years immediately preceding application for appointment. and


Experience: Either


1. One year of experience in the conduct of judicial or quasi- judicial hearings in the capacity of presiding officer. or


2. Five years of experience in the practice of law*, which shall have included at least two years' experience in the presentation of evidence and the examination of witnesses before a trial court or quasi-judicial administrative body.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Legal principles and their application, conduct of hearing proceedings and the provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act; rules of evidence governing such procedure and the laws relating to serving notices, taking depositions, and issuing subpoenas; legal research; court decisions interpreting the powers of administrative boards and agencies; principles and theories of administrative law and the judicial review of administrative actions; principles and objectives of effective public administration and an understanding of the uses of proper administrative procedures in furthering these objectives; and legal terms and forms in common use.


Ability to: Perform research; analyze, appraise, and apply legal principles, evidence, and precedents to legal problems; make accurate summaries of evidence and prepare appropriate findings and conclusions of law and make recommendations based on such facts; conduct fair and impartial hearings in a manner that will obtain all pertinent evidence and secure confidence and respect; maintain a fair and impartial attitude of mind without bias or prejudice; communicate effectively; and establish and maintain cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of the work.

Special Personal Characteristics

Willingness to travel, tact, and judicial temperament.


*Experience in the "practice of law" or "performing legal duties" or "legal experience" is defined as only that legal experience acquired after admission to The Bar.

  Updated: 5/8/2013
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