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North Carolina Administrative Law

Information and resources for researching North Carolina Administrative Law

Administrative Decisions

Prior to 1998, NC OAH maintains a paper copy of administrative decisions back to January 1986 when NC OAH was established.

Beginning in 1998, most administrative decisions have been published annually as a separate volume of the NCAC each year, beginning at Volume 21. The volumes include the full text of all administrative decisions released for publication, as well as the ALJ recommended decisions and all final agency decisions submitted to the OAH. The decisions are organized by month. Within each volume, at the end of each month’s decisions, is a list of decisions reported that month without published opinions.

Decisions are available from the NC OAH Hearings Division, where you can browse online by agency, then by year. There is no search capability. The years available vary by agency, but none go back further than 2001. Entries include the docket number, case name, and ALJ, and sometimes a link to the full text of the decision.

Westlaw has a combination of administrative decisions & guidance available, while Lexis+ offers a combination of administrative decisions & attorney general opinions.

Individual agency may have their own reporters or they may make decisions available online through their individual websites.

Decisions are also available in the library as part of the NCAC from 1998 to present [KFN7435 1998 .A26]. Decisions from 1995 to 1998 were published by Barclays Law Publishers [KFN7840 .A557].