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.Audio Recording Requests
OAH's St. Paul courtrooms contain:
To display electronic exhibits, simply plug in your laptop to one of the ports at your counsel table and tell the judge when you want to share your screen. Using the control panel at the bench, the judge will display your entire laptop screen on the large wall monitors.
The following connection types are available:
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 proceeding 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.
Parties to Workers' Comp matters can request an interpreter on an existing case by filing a written request. Alternatively, the requested language can be selected from the Interpreter dropdown on the Party Information screen when eFiling a new case.
Parties to Administrative Law division matters can request an interpreter by filing a written request.
Like the Minnesota Judicial Branch, OAH hires interpreters who are either (1) Minnesota Court Certified or (2) Minnesota Court Rostered. Both programs are managed by the Minnesota Court Interpreter Program.
OAH makes diligent efforts through our State Approved Vendors to first obtain a Minnesota Court Certified interpreter. If our vendors cannot fulfill the request for a Minnesota Court Certified Interpreter, our second choice is a Minnesota Court Rostered Interpreter. This policy aligns with the Minnesota Court Rules 8.02(a) and (b).
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.
It is important to OAH that court users have confidence in the interpretation services OAH provides. All judges use a uniform voir dire process to qualify interpreters, which is consistent with Minnesota District Court practice. The voir dire allows each party to ask questions of the interpreter. Interpreters' qualifications are established on the record at the proceeding. Parties should not contact the assigned judge or staff in advance of the proceeding to qualify the assigned interpreter.
William Moore: (651) 361-7893
To avoid cancellation fees, contact OAH immediately if a scheduled interpreter is no longer needed.
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 Jill Melzarek at (651) 361-7834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Jill Melzarek at (651) 361-7834 or email@example.com.
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.
Video conferencing is available via Microsoft Teams, Webex, and, in certain situations, ITV.
There is no fee to use Teams or Webex. To request to hold a proceeding via Microsoft Teams or Webex, make a motion to the presiding judge.
OAH staff work with other government agencies to find a convenient and cost-effective location for the requesting party to appear via ITV. Typically, there is no fee for the service when OAH can connect to a site at another government location. If the site charges a fee, that fee is billed to the requesting party.
To request ITV, make a motion to the presiding judge, or contact:
Administrative Law Matters: William Moorea (651) 361-7893
Workers' Compensation Matters: Bob Hosman (651) 361-7904
Free wireless internet access is available at OAH's St. Paul and Duluth offices.