What is the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law? And why does it matter? NJ Drivers License Lawyers™ answer these questions, and more, below.

“OAL” stands for the Office of Administrative Law. The New Jersey Office of Administrative Law oversees the proper running of New Jersey state agencies. The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission is one of those agencies.

One of the functions of the Office of Administrative Law is to help resolve contested cases that arise from New Jersey State agencies. These contested cases are handled by Administrative Law Judges. Administrative Law Judges are often referred to simply by the initials “ALJ.”

An elaborate set of rules exists by which contested cases in the Office of Administrative Law are handled. In many ways, these rules parallel rules applicable to regular courts. But, also, in many ways, differences exist. These differences affect how contested matters proceed, as well as rules of evidence in actual hearings.

At the conclusion of an OAL hearing, the ALJ issues an initial decision. The OAL notifies the parties of that decision. This initial decision is not binding on the administrative agency. Administrative agencies, such as the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, can accept, reject, or modify the decision of the ALJ.

Since the MVC is not bound by the ALJ's decision, why submit a contested case to the ALJ at all? Actually, good reasons exist for that procedure. Remember that the prehearing conference is conducted by an MVC “driver improvement analyst.” Unlike the driver improvement analyst, the ALJ is not an MVC employee. The ALJ is not beholden to the MVC Chief Administrator for evaluations of job performance, and advancement. The ALJ is thus often in a better position to provide an impartial independent ruling, both in appearance and in reality. And when the ALJ decides contested issues in the driver's favor, the MVC in fact often adopts the ALJ's rulings.

Even when the MVC rejects favorable decisions by the ALJ, those decisions can still provide an important benefit to the driver. No formal record exists in the conference with the driver improvement analyst. With the ALJ, however, every word spoken, and every exhibit received, becomes part of a formal record. If the ALJ decision is unfavorable to the driver, or if the MVC rejects the ALJ's favorable ruling, the OAL process gives the driver his or her only opportunity to establish the needed record for appeal to the court.

The Law Offices Allan Marain handle matters in the New Jersey OAL. These lawyers have combined experience that exceeds sixty-five years. Mr. Epting himself was, for many years, an OAL hearing officer. These lawyers have the knowledge and the skill needed to provide first rate representation in contested MVC matters. Call them.

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