The Office of the Administrative Justice Coordinator works to improve the professionalism, efficiency, transparency, and accountability of the City's administrative tribunals. The Office achieves its mandate by working with the tribunals to establish and implement Rules of Conduct for Administrative Law Judges; to improve the training and recruitment of Administrative Law Judges; and to enhance the public's understanding of, and access to, the administrative justice system.
Consolidation of Administrative Tribunals of the Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings
On June 8, 2011, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed an Executive Order consolidating the Administrative Tribunals of the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. The administrative tribunal at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been responsible for hearing cases on tickets issued by DOHMH. Last year, the tribunal handled about 60,000 cases, the majority of them restaurant violations. The administrative tribunal at the TLC has been responsible for hearing cases on violations of rules and regulations issued by TLC. Last year, the tribunal conducted hearings in about 110,000 cases. Now, the Health Tribunal and the Taxi and Limousine Tribunal join the Environmental Control Board (which was consolidated into OATH in 2008) as divisions of OATH.
New York City Bar Association CLE Program: June 3, 2010
6:00 pm-8:30 pm
42 West 44th Street, New York, New York
The Administrative Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York together with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings and the Office of the Administrative Justice Coordinator hosted a panel discussion titled "Representing Clients Before New York City Administrative Tribunals". Drawing on expertise from administrative law judges and experienced practitioners from various tribunals, the panel included discussions on how cases are initiated, how to prepare for a hearing, how to present a case, and what to expect post-hearing.
Legislation Transferring the Environmental Control Board to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings
On May 28, 2008, City Council and the Bloomberg Administration announced legislation to improve procedures and professionalism at the Environmental Control Board (ECB), making it more accessible and more efficient. On August 12, 2008, Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the legislation into law.
On November 23, 2008 the legislation went into effect, moving jurisdiction over ECB from the Department of Environmental Protection to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings.