Conducts hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determines liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommends the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster Legal Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Prepares written opinions and decisions.
- Monitors and directs the activities of trials and hearings to ensure that they are conducted fairly and that courts administer justice while safeguarding the legal rights of all involved parties.
- Determines existence and amount of liability, according to current laws, administrative and judicial precedents, and available evidence.
- Researches and analyzes laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions to prepare for hearings and to determine conclusions.
- Conducts hearings to review and decide claims regarding issues such as social program eligibility, environmental protection, and enforcement of health and safety regulations.
- Reviews and evaluates data on documents, such as claim applications, birth or death certificates, and physician or employer records.
- Recommends the acceptance or rejection of claims or compromises settlements according to laws, regulations, policies, and precedent decisions.
- Rules on exceptions, motions, and admissibility of evidence.
- Confers with individuals or organizations involved in cases in order to obtain relevant information.
- Issues subpoenas and administers oaths in preparation for formal hearings.