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Administrative Hearings Division

Announcement: 2021 Stakeholder's Letter regarding changes to Administrative Hearings Division (AHD) procedures due to SARS-COVID-19 restrictions. 

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) Administrative Hearings Division (AHD) conducts formal administrative hearings for workers’ compensation claims as provided for under the D.C. Workers' Compensation Act of 1979, as amended, DC Code § 32-1501 et seq.

A party seeking to file an application for a formal hearing to determine their rights, or liabilities, regarding benefits under the District of Columbia workers’ compensation laws, must file an original electronic Application for Formal Hearing with AHD, via the e-File Portal.  Filing must be performed utilizing the services of a DC barred attorney.  One may also file Pro se, on one’s own behalf.  Users to the e-File Portal are required to create a user account.  Upon receipt of an Application for Formal Hearing, a Scheduling Order will be issued by AHD to the parties, which sets forth the date and time of the formal hearing, as well as the deadlines related to the proceeding. Failure of a party to timely comply with the Scheduling Order may be grounds for dismissal of the Application for Formal Hearing.

D.C. Workers’ Compensation Act, D.C. Code §§ 32-1501, et seq., and the implemented regulations found in D.C. Municipal Regulations, 7 DCMR 200, et. seq., govern formal hearings. The formal hearings are conducted pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act, as amended, DC Code § 2-501 et seq., and the District of Columbia Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure. At the conclusion of the formal hearing, the Administrative Law Judge thoroughly reviews the documentary and testimonial evidence in the record and issues a written decision (Compensation Order) within 20 working days of the closing of the record. After a decision has become final, the judge may also be required to rule on requests for the Award of an Attorney's Fee, or on a Supplementary Order Declaring Default.

If a party is dissatisfied with a Compensation Order issued by AHD, they may file a Request for Review with the Compensation Review Board within 30 calendar days of the issuance of the Compensation Order.

Appeals of the Compensation Review Board decisions are taken to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the Hearings and Adjudication process, or contact the following:


Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Employment Services
Labor Standards Bureau
Office of Hearings and Adjudication
Administrative Hearings Division
4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE, Suite 4400
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 671-2233
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (202) 673-6938


Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm