Administrative Hearings Procedure
Persons who receive a citation, complaint or notice of violation ordering them to appear at an Administrative Adjudication hearing, must be present (or may have a representative present) on the date and time specified. Those persons under the age of 18 who are issued a police violation, must have a parent or legal guardian with them. If English is not the individual's first language, he or she must bring someone to interpret.
Who Must Appear
The individual contesting charges may represent him or herself, hire an attorney to represent them at their own expense or, in some instances, have an authorized representative attend the hearing on their behalf. The individual's representative may be an employee or agent.
Attending the Hearing
Hearings are conducted on the third Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 28W701 Stafford Place, Warrenville. Cell phone usage, audio and video equipment, newspapers, magazines, food, drink, and chewing gum are not allowed in the hearing room. Individuals have the right to tell the Administrative Law Judge their side of the story. This includes using witnesses and physical evidence such as bills, receipts, and photos. The presentation must deal specifically with the violation before the court. All documents presented may be retained by the City of Warrenville as evidence.
The Hearing Process
When a case is called, the individual should acknowledge it by stepping to the podium in front of the Administrative Law Judge's bench. The hearing will begin immediately and both sides will be given an opportunity to present testimony and evidence. All live testimony is given under oath and recorded.
By law, the City of Warrenville representative who issued the ticket, complaint or notice of violation does not normally have to appear in court. The Administrative Law Judge will decide whether the citation, complaint or notice is legally sufficient to stand on its own in the absence of the City representative.
After both sides have been heard, the Administrative Law Judge will determine whether the individual is liable based on the evidence presented. For those who are found liable, fines, penalties, and costs may be imposed according to the guidelines set forth in the City of Warrenville Code. The Administrative Law Judge's decision will be in the form of a written document received at the end of the hearing. Individuals should ensure that they receive a copy of the decision. All fines are payable to the City of Warrenville Clerk. Payments can be made to the Clerk in the Council Chambers at the time of the hearing or in the Finance Department inside City Hall. Those who disagree with the Administrative Law Judge's decision, have 35 days to appeal the decision to the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of DuPage County, Wheaton, Illinois.