General Hearing Date Assignments are set by the ALJ
September 6, 2022 – Referring agencies are reminded that hearing dates for most general docket hearings are now being set and confirmed by order of the presiding administrative law judge (ALJ). This change was previously announced on July 26, 2022. For more information, read the full announcement.
Technical Difficulties - Administrative Case Tracking System (ACTS)
Due to SOAH’s transition to a new Administrative Case Tracking System, the SOAH Chief Clerk’s Office is experiencing technical difficulties with the interface between SOAH and eFile Texas. These issues are currently impacting email confirmation of accepted filings, service contacts for some cases, and access to confidential case records through re:SearchTX. SOAH’s ability to receive electronic filings is not impacted and parties should continue to electronically file pleadings and other documents through eFile Texas. For more information, visit the ACTS System Update page.
eFile Texas for SOAH Driver’s License Hearings
Please review SOAH’s Interim Operating and Transition Plan for more information.
New Public Case File Search
SOAH is now using re:SearchTX as its online tool for searching general docket case files.
This practice recognizes the ALJ’s authority over hearing and prehearing matters and makes the scheduling of cases more similar to district court. The change is necessary to promote efficiency, assure the fair and equal treatment of parties, and minimize disruptions associated with ALJs having to reschedule cases after the initial docketing of a case.
This is a change from the prior practice where hearing dates were often confirmed by the SOAH Chief Clerk’s Office during the initial referral of a case, regardless of whether an ALJ was actually available on the date requested by the referring agency.
eFile Texas - Beginning June 1, 2022, SOAH will require attorneys and the Texas Department of Public Safety to submit ALR case filings and documentary evidence electronically by use of eFile Texas. Mail, email, and fax submissions will be discontinued except for limited use by self-represented / pro se parties.
April 20, 2022 -- The Chief Administrative Law Judge has issued a General Order Relating to the Submission of Exhibits that affects all general docket hearings scheduled to occur May 1, 2022 or later. Consistent with SOAH’s Interim Operating and Transition Plan, the order supersedes any prior emergency/COVID-19 related orders requiring the pre-filing of exhibits 10-days prior the scheduled hearing date, and provides new instructions for the electronic submission and filing of exhibits.
All referring agencies and participants in hearings at SOAH are encouraged to read and familiarize themselves with SOAH’s Interim Operating and Transition Plan, as it includes important information about current operations and upcoming changes to hearings at SOAH.