Independence - Efficiency - Excellence
Originally created in 1978, the Division of Hearing and Appeals (DHA) is an quasi-judicial, independent entity created to conduct high quality, impartial, independent, and cost and time efficient hearings that serve customer agencies and the citizens of Wisconsin.
The State of Wisconsin uses the central panel model for administrative hearings where administrative law judges may conduct several types of hearings and do not work for the regulated agency. The central panel model is more efficient and assures impartiality in the administrative process. DHA is attached to DOA only for administrative purposes. All the employees, including the administrator, are classified employees and are not politically appointed.
DHA currently conducts hearings for fifteen state agencies to provide hearing services and is also available to do hearings for other agencies when requested. It is a growing agency with a varied caseload. The list of agencies DHA conducts hearings for is available here.
DHA currently consists of the following administrative units:
DHA also provides administrative services to the Waste Facility Siting Board.
Due to COVID-19, please note that DHA at the Hill Farms State Office Building in Madison is currently closed to the public. For service of legal documents upon DHA, please email your documents to DHAMail@wisconsin.gov. Service by email will be considered accepted. For questions, please contact DHAMail@wisconsin.gov.
Please click the link below for important information regarding DHA's OWCH hearings:
OWCH COVID-19 Notice