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  • Court Reporting

    OAH hearings are audio recorded. OAH judicial staff determines when a court reporter is mandatory and issues an appropriate order. Even when not ordered, any party may arrange to have a court reporter at the hearing. All logistical and payment arrangements related to court reporters are the responsibility of the requesting party, not OAH. If a transcript is prepared, the requesting party is required to provide a copy of the transcript to the assigned judge. OAH can provide audio recordings of hearings for a $10 fee. 

    Audio Recording Requests
    To request an audio recording, contact the assigned judge's legal assistant.

    When required, OAH hires court reporters from the current State of Minnesota Master Contract List. Court reporters who need additional information about the State of Minnesota Master Contract List should contact the Minnesota Department of Administration, Materials Management Division, at (651) 296-2600.
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  • Electronic Exhibits

    Attorneys should bring electronic exhibits loaded onto a laptop or a flash drive. For hearings held at OAH's St. Paul office, OAH will provide a projector capable of attaching to a laptop so that exhibits can be more conveniently viewed. Contact leeann.cary@state.mn.us at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled hearing to request the presence of the projector.

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  • Interpreters

    OAH arranges interpreter services for parties involved in OAH matters. Interpreters are available for any type of case. Scheduling is subject to location, requested language and interpreter availability. All requests should be made at least 14 days in advance of the proposed conference, mediation or hearing date.

    In administrative law matters, the fee for interpreters is billed to the client agency. The fee for interpreters hired for workers' compensation matters is paid for by the Special Compensation Fund.

    Interpreter Scheduling Contact

    Cari Snaza : (651) 361-7906

    To avoid cancellation fees, be sure to contact OAH immediately if a scheduled interpreter is no longer needed.

    OAH hires interpreters from the current State of Minnesota Master Contract List. Interpreters who need additional information about the State of Minnesota Master Contract List should contact the Minnesota Department of Administration, Materials Management Division, at (651) 296-2600.

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  • Reasonable Accommodations

    In accordance with state and federal laws, reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be provided to ensure access to services and employment. To request an accommodation for a disability, please contact Michele Lardani at (651) 361-7834 or michele.lardani@state.mn.us. TTY users may call (651) 361-7878.
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  • Requesting Alternative Formats

    Upon request, information on this website can be made available in an alternative format such as large print, braille, or audio.  To make a request for an alternative format, please contact Michele Lardani at (651) 361-7834 or michele.lardani@state.mn.us. TTY users may call (651) 361-7878.
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  • Security

    OAH will provide courtroom security upon the request of a judge or party to an OAH matter. All requests for security should be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the hearing, conference or mediation.

    Security arrangements for matters scheduled at the OAH St. Paul office or in greater Minnesota can be made by contacting Cari Snaza at (651) 361-7906 or by TTY at (651) 361-7878.

    Security arrangements for matters scheduled at the OAH Duluth office can be made by contacting JoAnn Drolson at (218) 302-6361.

    The requestor will need to provide the reason why security is required, the name of the individual requiring security and any other pertinent information. Depending on the location and nature of the proceeding, security will be provided by Capitol Security, the Minnesota State Patrol or a local law enforcement agency.
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  • Video Conferencing

    OAH offers video conferencing services for parties involved in docketed matters. Requests must be approved by the presiding judge, and scheduling is subject to availability. All requests should be made at least 14 days in advance of the scheduled proceedings.

    OAH staff work with other governmental agencies to find a convenient and cost-effective location for the requesting party to appear via video conference. Typically, there is no fee for the service when OAH can connect to a site at another governmental location. In the event the site charges a fee, that fee will be billed to the party requesting the video conference.

    Video Conferencing Contacts

    Administrative Law Matters: Cari Snaza (651) 361-7906

    Workers' Compensation Matters: Bob Hosman (651) 361-7904

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  • Wireless Internet Access

    Wireless internet access is available at OAH's St. Paul location using the Stassen Building Guest network. OAH's Duluth location does not currently offer wireless internet access.

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