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Administrative Law Judge II, Public Utilities Commission (6102)

Administrative Law Judge II, Public Utilities Commission

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: OX60
  • Class Code: 6102
  • Established: 12/16/1965
  • Revised: 04/17/1984
  • Title Changed: 04/05/1983


Under direction, to conduct hearings and prepare recommended decisions on formal proceedings containing issues relating to the substantive rights and the obligations of persons or corporations subject to the provisions of the Public Utilities Code; and to do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The level of examining work is distinguished from that of the lower class of Administrative Law Judge I, Public Utilities Commission, by the fact that the Administrative Law Judge II is assigned to difficult proceedings or to formal hearings which normally can be expected to contain several controversial issues.

Typical Tasks

Acts as presiding officer in formal hearings and processes complex ex parte matters on complaints or applications filed with the Public Utilities Commission or investigations instituted by the Commission; instructs parties as to their rights; issues subpoenas, administers oaths, examines witnesses, and receives documentary evidence; rules on exceptions, motions, and admissibility of evidence; hears argument, directs or permits the filing of briefs, and makes rulings prior to submission of assigned matters; consults with staff members on technical subjects; analyzes pleadings in preparation for hearings; determines the advisability of and holds prehearing conferences; analyzes and evaluates facts and law and exercises independent judgment in the preparation and issuance of reports and findings; prepares and recommends drafts of opinions, orders, and recommendations for consideration by the Commission.

Minimum Qualifications

Either I


One year of experience in the California state service performing the duties of an Administrative Law Judge I, Public Utilities Commission.



Two years of experience in the Public Utilities Commission at a level of responsibility equivalent to that obtained in the class of Supervising Transportation Representative performing one or a combination of the following:


1. The presentation of exhibits or evidence, or the examination of witnesses, at Public Utilities Commission hearings or the direct supervision of persons performing those functions; or the supervision of the preparation of proposed ex parte decisions of the Public Utilities Commission. or


2. The rendering of responsible assistance to a Commissioner in reviewing, evaluating, and recommending action to be taken by the Commissioner, or in the preparation for or hearing cases coming for formal hearing before the Commissioner or Commission, or in the preparation of decisions by the Commissioner or Commission.



Experience: Five years of professional experience in the practice of law*, including at least two years in public utility regulation matters which involved several contested cases or two years conducting judicial or quasi-judicial hearings as presiding officer; and


Membership in The State Bar of California. (Applicants must have active membership in The State Bar before they will be eligible for appointment.). and


Education: Equivalent to graduation from college. (Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Law governing the Public Utilities Commission, the law administered by it, and the judicial interpretation of such laws; rules and regulations of the Public Utilities Commission; conduct of formal hearings and proceedings; rules of evidence and procedure before the Public Utilities Commission; administrative and constitutional law applicable to the Public Utilities Commission; basic principles of organization, structure, and financing of public utilities; transportation economics, rate structure, and classification; valuation of public utility properties, and rate fixing procedures.


Ability to: Conduct proceedings or formal hearings containing several controversial issues; do the most complex research on problems arising in connection with hearings; analyze a variety of controversial problems in the light of applicable principles and precedents and exercise independent judgment in arriving at findings of fact and conclusions of law; make accurate summaries of evidence and prepare examiners' reports, opinions, and findings; present written statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically; conduct fair and impartial hearings; analyze situations accurately and take effective action.


*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.

Special Personal Characteristics

Impartiality, judicial temperament, emotional stability, clear enunciation, neat personal appearance, and pleasing personality.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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