What is an administrative law judge?
An administrative law judge (ALJ) is a neutral decision maker who must make a proposed decision after hearing all of the evidence presented by the parties. All ALJs employed by the Administrative Hearings Divisions are attorneys licensed in the State of Iowa. A party should not contact contact an ALJ for legal advice. The ALJ is generally prohibited from communicating with any person or any party about the factual or legal issues in your case, unless all parties are first provided notice and an opportunity to participate and respond. For this reason, anyone who sends written information to the Administrative Law Judge concerning the appeal must also provide notice by sending the same information to the opposing party or parties. See Iowa Code § 17A.17.
More information is also available on the page, Contacting an Administrative Law Judge.