Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

‚ÄčThe person who conducts the hearing is usually called the administrative law judge (ALJ). He or she might instead be called a hearing examiner. Depending on the laws governing the hearing, the ALJ may or may not be the final decision-maker. The ALJ is prohibited from speaking with either party without the other party present. The ALJ must be impartial, and may not be someone who has had prior personal involvement with the case.