Office of Administrative Law Judge
The Office of Administrative Law Judge is an authority independent of the PLCB that adjudicates all citations against licensees issued by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE). For each citation, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) issues an adjudication presenting findings of fact, conclusions of law and penalties, where applicable.
Following citation by the BLCE, a licensee may either admit guilt and waive appeal rights by submitting a waiver accompanying the citation to the ALJ or request a hearing before an ALJ to challenge or contest the citation.
Similar to court hearings, ALJ hearings provide the licensee and the BLCE opportunities to testify under oath and call witnesses, who may be subjected to questioning by both parties. In a hearing, the BLCE has the burden of proving a licensee violated the Liquor Code.
The ALJ provides a number of petition templates to facilitate the adjudication process.
Contacting the Office of ALJ
Questions or comments regarding the adjudication process can be submitted to the OALJ by email. Additionally, the Office of ALJ maintains three district offices, identified below.
Chief ALJ & Harrisburg District Office
2221 Paxton Church Rd.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
Pittsburgh District Office
Parkway Center Dr. S
Pittsburgh, PA 15220
Philadelphia District Office
140 W. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462