The Office of Hearing Examiner is a separate and independent office of the City created by the Seattle Municipal Code. The Office is charged with conducting fair and impartial administrative hearings, when authorized by the Code, to review the actions of various City departments. The Hearing Examiner's decision in a case is usually the City's final decision.
The Office of Hearing Examiner currently handles more than 75 different types of matters. Click here for the complete list, which also includes links to the applicable Seattle Municipal Code sections.
Feel free to contact this Office if you have any questions about the Hearing Examiner functions or hearing procedures. Should you have a hearing or need to mail correspondence, please note our street address and mailing address on the right side of this page.
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2014 Adoption of Rules for Whistleblower Retaliation Cases
The Seattle Hearing Examiner proposes to adopt Rules for Whistleblower Retaliation Cases. The proposed rules would govern proceedings on complaints filed by the Executive Director of the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission under Subchapter III of Chapter 4.20 SMC, "Reporting - Whistleblower Protection". Click here for a copy of the proposed Rules for Whistleblower Retaliation Cases.
2014 Amendments to Discrimination Rules
The Seattle Hearing Examiner has proposed minor revisions of the procedural rules that govern discrimination cases filed with the Hearing Examiner. The amendments would revise the time for setting and noticing a hearing, shorten the preferred time for motions to disqualify an examiner, and increase the time allowed for responses to discovery. Click here for a copy of the proposed amended Hearing Examiner Rules for Discrimination Cases.
Anyone interested in the proposed adoption of the Rules for Whistleblower Retaliation Cases OR the proposed amendments to the Rules for Discrimination Cases may submit written comments no later than May 7, 2014 as follows: