New Jersey Office of Administrative Law
New Jersey ABC Appeal Attorneys
The Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) is a separate agency from New Jersey’s Superior Courts. The Office of Administrative Law and its judges hear contested cases for state agencies and issue initial decisions. One example of this would be cases involving the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and appeals of municipal decisions.
Hearing requests are filed with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control where the Director has jurisdiction over the issue. Generally, plea forms attached to your Notice of Charges will have an option to request that your matter be transmitted to the Office of Administrative Law for a formal hearing. Licensees cannot directly file a hearing request at the Office of Administrative Law.
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Administrative hearings are conducted pursuant to the rules and regulations, under N.J.A.C. 1:1-1 et. seq. These decisions are not final. Instead, any ruling, known as an Initial Decision, will simply be treated as a recommendation for the ABC Director to review.
NJ ABC Violation Attorneys
Municipal actions appealed to the Division will usually be referred to the State’s Office of Administrative Law for a hearing held before an Administrative Law Judge. The Judge will issue an Initial Decision and forward the matter for final determination by the Director. The Director must issue a final decision within 45 days, either accepting, rejecting or modifying the Initial Decision. If a final decision is not issued within 45 days, the Administrative Law Judge’s Initial Decision becomes final.
Liquor License Attorneys in New Jersey
For more information regarding your ABC matter, call the attorneys that get results. Proetta, Oliver & Fay focus our practice on Alcoholic Beverage Laws and Liquor Licensing issues. Call (732) 858-5857 today and speak with firm partner and former ABC Deputy Attorney General, William C. Fay, IV.