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Palos Park offers Administrative Adjudication

The Village of Palos Park offers Administrative Adjudication as an alternative to court. This process addresses a wide range of cases involving violations of municipal ordinances that were previously heard in the Cook County Circuit Court. Such hearings, which take place at Village of Palos Park Kaptur Administrative Center, expedites resolutions, reduces litigation expenses, and allows the Circuit Court to focus on more serious offenses. These hearings are also more convenient for residents who wish to contest a ticket or citation.

An administrative hearing is a civil (not a criminal) proceeding. Cases filed in adjudication are punishable by fines and a variety of other penalties, excluding jail time. Under the administrative hearing system, an Administrative Law Judge hears cases and not the municipal entity that issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation. Law Judges, all of whom are experienced attorneys, are required to undergo State mandated training to be professional, fair, and courteous. In Palos Park’s Administrative Adjudication process, the following types of cases may be heard.

Police Issued Tickets
Parking Tickets
Zoning and Ordinance Violation Tickets
Administrative Tow Fees

Administrative Hearing:

The Procedure
A Village Inspector, Code Enforcement Officer, Community Service Officer, or a Police Officer may issue a ticket, notice of violation, or file a complaint against an individual. In most cases, their ticket will give the option to request a hearing date. Anyone receiving a ticket, complaint, or notice of violation, who has not paid the fine will automatically receive a hearing notice in the mail. This notice will inform the individual of their hearing date and time to appear. Anyone who cannot speak English must bring someone to assist them.

A continuance is not allowed unless the Administrative Law Judge finds good cause. Lack of preparation is not considered good cause. If an individual or their representative fail to appear for the scheduled hearing on cases other then parking and equipment violations, they may be found in default, and the Administrative Law Judge may conduct the hearing in their absence. For parking and equipment violations the following hearing process will take place.

A citation is issued, if payment is not received within 30 days, a hearing will be automatically assigned. If payment is not received and the first hearing date is not attended, the fine doubles and another hearing notice is sent.

Attending a Scheduled Hearing
Anyone receiving a hearing notice should review the schedule and location information on the notice. Currently, all hearings are held the third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. The location of the hearing is 8999 west 123rd in Palos Park. A clerk at the hearing has a list of hearings scheduled for that day. All hearings start promptly at the time indicated on the notice. Therefore, it is recommended that individuals arrive a few minutes early. Upon entering the hearing room, individuals must check in with the clerk and sit down until the case is called.

The Hearing Process
When the Administrative Law Judge enters the hearing room, he makes an opening statement identifies himself, his role, expectations, and the order in which cases are called. When a case is called, the individual should acknowledge it and step to the podium in front of the Administrative Law Judge’s bench. The hearing begins immediately and individuals are given an opportunity to present testimony and evidence. All live testimony is given under oath and recorded. The ticket, complaint, or notice of violation may be enough evidence to prove or disprove the Village’s case.

By law, the Village representative who issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation is not required to appear in court. The ticket, complaint, or notice of violation must properly cite several pieces of information, including the date, time, and location of the offenses, the ordinance violated, and the identity of the person named. Anyone has the right to tell the Administrative Law Judge his or her side of the story. This includes using witnesses and physical evidence such as bills, receipts, or photos. That presentation must deal specifically with the violation before the court. The Village may retain all documents presented as evidence. There are no public defenders and no right to a jury in administrative hearings.

Audio and video equipment, newspapers, magazines, food, drink, and chewing gum are not allowed in the hearing room. Disruptive people will be removed from the hearing room and risk having their cases heard without them.

The Decision
After both sides have been heard, the Administrative Law Judge makes a determination based on the evidence presented. If he finds the individual liable, fines, penalties, and costs may be imposed according to the guidelines set forth in the Village’s municipal code. The Administrative Law Judge’s decision is a written document provided to the individual at the end of the hearing. Payments can be made to the clerk at the hearing location. Acceptable forms of payment include MasterCard, Visa, Discover, personal check, cash, or money order.

 

 

 

 


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