The Attorney General has been providing hearing officer services to various boards and agencies of the Commonwealth since at least the 1980s, and this work was expanded and centralized with the creation of the Administrative Hearings Branch by the General Assembly in 1994. The creation of the branch coincided with the legislature's enactment of the Administrative Hearings Act,
KRS Chapter 13B, which took effect in July 1996 and which the division is charged with implementing.
What are the responsibilities of the Administrative Hearings Branch?
The Administrative Hearings Branch is assigned several areas of responsibility by KRS 15.111, with the division's two major responsibilities being:
- To maintain a pool of hearing officers, with the necessary support staff, for conducting administrative hearings for government boards and agencies; and
- To provide training in administrative hearing procedures for hearing officers, either by developing and offering the training, or by contracting with appropriate organizations for the provision of training, or by approving training developed and submitted by the agencies.
What type of services does the division offer?
The branch currently provides hearing officer services to over 60 government agencies and boards. These services include conducting pre-hearing conferences, ruling on motions, conducting hearings, and writing findings of fact, conclusions of law, and recommended and final orders. The division also provides mediation services to government boards and agencies, recognizing that some cases can be more effectively resolved through mediation. In addition, the division develops and provides hearing officer and related training at least once each year, which it has done since 1996.
How do I obtain services from the division?
If you are part of a government board or agency and you are interested in obtaining these services from the branch, or you would like more information regarding these services, you may contact the division's docket clerk at (502) 696-5442. If you are a private citizen and you believe that you are entitled to an administrative hearing, you should contact the government agency or board involved; only that government agency or board can respond to your request for a hearing.