Office of Administrative Hearings: Sources of Procedure and Procedural Rights

If you appealed your business license denial and your case is pending effectively in the Office of Administrative Hearings, it is essential to understand the procedural rules of this administrative court as well as your procedural rights. This means that you and/or your attorney must have a good understanding of the sources of the administrative rules and procedural rights.

There are five main sources of the administrative procedure, including procedural rights, for the cases pending in the Office of Administrative Hearings. First, the Due Process Clause of the U.S. and Minnesota constitutions. Due process rights must be afforded to parties irrespective of whether they are explicitly mentioned in a relevant statute. The two most important rights include: a right to notice and a right to a hearing. A deep understanding of the due process clause may be required to mount an effective defense against the state’s claims or to support your arguments for approval of your business license application.

Second, Minnesota Administrative Procedure Act can be found in Chapter 14 of the Minnesota Annotated Statutes. It constitutes is an important source of the procedural rules for Minnesota state agencies, and, among other things, sets up the procedures for an agency’s rulemaking and applicant petitioning.

The most direct source of the OAH procedures are the rules of the Office of Administrative Hearings(OAH). The Rules can be found in Chapter 1400 of the Minnesota Administrative Rules. Knowledge of the rules is crucial for effective pre-hearing practice as well as the conduct of the actual hearing.

Fourth, a specific statute or an agency’s procedural rules may provide for the specific procedural rules and even substantive requirements.

Finally, where an agency or the OAH has not promulgated a rule to govern unanticipated circumstances, the administrative law judge is likely to rely on the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure. In fact, the OAH rules specifically mention the Rules of Civil Procedure as a guide for an administrative law judge in situations where the administrative rules are silent.

I have already detailed elsewhere (click here) the great importance of timely hiring an attorney to represent you in case of a business denial appeal. Here, I will just reiterate that hiring a business lawyer knowledgeable in the OAH rules and procedures is likely to save you nerves, time, money, and even determine the outcome of your case.

Sherayzen Law Office can help you every step of the way in your business license denial appeal case. We will make the utmost use of the pre-hearing process and will provide a vigorous and creative defense of your interests during the hearing.

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