Office of Administrative Law Judges

      Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) for the Authority are appointed under section 7105(d) of the Statute. The judges perform a variety of functions related primarily to conducting hearings and rendering recommended decisions in cases involving alleged unfair labor practices. In addition, Part 2430 of the Authority's Regulations require that judges render decisions involving applications for attorney fees filed under the Back Pay Act and the Equal Access to Justice Act.

      The Office of Administrative Law Judges consists of three judges, a director of the Settlement Judge Program (ADR), and a paralegal specialist.

      Inquiries concerning the Office of Administrative Law Judges, including the Settlement Judge Program should be directed to:

Chief Administrative Law Judge
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Office of Administrative Law Judges
1400 K St. NW.
Washington, D.C. 20424
(202) 218-7950
FAX: (202) 482-6629

      Part 2423, Subparts B, C and D of the Authority's Regulations, should be consulted for authoritative guidance on processing cases before an ALJ. Those processes are described briefly here.

Pre-hearing procedures

      After an unfair labor practice complaint is issued by a Regional Director and an answer to the complaint is filed, the parties may voluntarily participate in ADR using the Settlement Judge Program.  Absent settlement, the parties must file pre-hearing disclosures at least 14 days prior to the hearing date.  This document should identify their witnesses, provided a summary of their testimony, set forth the documentary evidence they intend to offer as evidence, and explain their theory of the case.  The judge will then conduct a pre-hearing conference at least 7 days prior to the hearing date. The conference is designed to discuss, narrow, and resolve issues raised in the complaint, answer, and disclosures.  Settlement may also be discussed along with outstanding motions, stipulations of fact, and subpoena requests. All parties are required to participate in the pre-hearing conference unless it is cancelled by the judge.

Stipulated Records and Motions for Summary Judgment

      When all parties to a case agree that no material issue of fact exists, the parties may jointly submit a motion to the judge or to the Authority to consider the case based on a stipulation of fact. When submitted to the judge, the judge may grant the motion and decide the case through stipulation. In certain circumstances, the Authority may grant the motion and decide the case. In either event,