Commissioner Scott Bollinger

Office of Hearing Examiners

Catherine Williamson, Chief Hearing Examiner

The Office of Hearing Examiners conducts administrative hearings pursuant to the South Dakota Administrative Procedures Act and issues decisions for citizens who have the right to a hearing before a state agency. OHE conducts all hearings for the Department of Revenue and the Division of Insurance as well as other agencies wishing to use the Office.

OHE Statement on COVID-19 (coronavirus) Concerns:

In light of recent events and advice from medical experts, we are encouraging parties to engage in social distancing to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus. Importantly, if you are sick or are even concerned that you may be sick, please do not appear in person at your hearing. You may request a continuance until you are feeling better and are able to participate in a hearing. Further, anyone may request to appear by telephone for their hearing. Your Hearing Officer will determine whether the hearing will be held telephonically or will be continued to a later date.

These precautionary measures are particularly important if you are in a high-risk population, including our elderly community, and/or have an underlying medical condition such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.  Persons within the following categories are at higher risk of complications from COVID-19: (1) Over 60 years of age; (2) Underlying conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes; (3) Weakened immune systems; or (4) Pregnancy.  If a high-risk individual is a Petitioner, Licensee, Department Witness or Representative, Lawyer, or Witness in a case currently scheduled for an in-person hearing, a continuance of at least thirty days will be granted upon request.  Requests for continuance may be made via phone to this office, or by e-mailing the office at SDOHE@state.sd.us.    After thirty days, requests for an additional continuance will be determined by the OHE on a case by case basis.

If you choose to exercise one of these options, please do so sufficiently in advance of the hearing so that the other parties can be properly notified. For general information on protecting your health and those of others, please click here for the South Dakota Department of Health website on COVID-19 updates.

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