Special Education Due Process Hearing Decisions are available to the public.
In accordance with Public Law 2017, Chapter 103, which was enacted in July 2017, the Department of Education is required to make available on its website a full-text copy of each written decision rendered by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in a special education due process hearing. In New Jersey, a decision in a special education due process hearing is a final agency decision subject to the law requiring each decision to be made public. Currently, decisions in special education due process hearings are also listed on the webpage of the Office of Administrative Law (OAL).
Confidentiality of Student and Parents/Guardians:
Even though decisions are to be made available to the public, in accordance with OAL regulations concerning the conduct of due process hearings, an ALJ shall use initials rather full names when referring to the child and the parent(s) or guardian(s), and may take other necessary and appropriate steps, in order to preserve privacy interests. This requirement is set forth at N.J.A.C. 1:6A-18.2.