SSA logo: link to Social Security Online home2010. Pre-Hearing or Post-Hearing Conferences

2010.1 When is a pre-hearing or post-hearing conference called?

A pre-hearing or post-hearing conference may be called by the ALJ on his or her own, or at the request of any party to the hearing. The purpose is to facilitate the hearing or the hearing decision.

2010.2 When are people notified of the conference?

The ALJ will notify the parties of the conference at least seven days before the conference date, unless the parties waive advance written notice of the conference.

2010.3 Are topics other than those in the notice considered?

Yes. At the conference, the ALJ may consider matters in addition to those stated in the notice, if the parties consent in writing.

2010.4 What procedures are followed at the conference?

A record of the conference will be made. The ALJ will issue an order stating all agreements and actions resulting from the conference. If the parties do not object, the agreements and actions become part of the hearing record and are binding on all parties.