Fact, Fiction and Proof in the 21st Century: Evidence and Credibility for Fact Finding by Administrative Law Judges
30 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2010 Last revised: 13 Jul 2010
Date Written: October 7, 2007
Administrative law judges (ALJ’s). like trial judges, minimize their chances of reversal by writing their opinions so as to persuade the reviewing agency or court that they reached the right decision in the first instance - or that even if the reviewing body would be inclined to rule differently, it should defer to the ALJ. The ALJ’s task is to "make the record sing” so well that the reviewing body finds itself humming along.
Keywords: administrative law judges, evidence, fact finding, judicial opinions, reviewing agencies, courts, administrative law procedure
JEL Classification: K19, K29, K39, K49
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