• Who We Are

    The Division of Administrative Law Appeals ("DALA") is an independent agency that conducts due process adjudicatory hearings for other Massachusetts state administrative agencies. Through its Bureau of Special Education Appeals, DALA also conducts mediations, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities. 

    GENERAL JURISDICTION

    On the General Jurisdiction side, cases come to DALA in two ways: (1) by legislation mandating that certain types of cases be heard at DALA; and (2) upon request of an agency, subject to the approval of the DALA Chief Administrative Magistrate and the Secretary of Administration and Finance.  Currently, DALA conducts hearings for approximately 20 state agencies, including the Civil Service Commission, the Contributory Retirement Appeal Board, the Board of Registration in Medicine, the Department of Public Health and the Fair Labor Division of the Office of the Attorney General.

    THE BUREAU OF SPECIAL EDUCATION APPEALS (BSEA)

    The Bureau of Special Education Appeals conducts mediations, advisory opinions and hearings to resolve disputes among parents, school districts, private schools and state agencies concerning eligibility, evaluation, placement, individualized education programs (IEPs), special education services and procedural protections for students with disabilities. The BSEA was transferred to the Division of Administrative Law Appeals by Chapter 131 of the Acts of 2010.

  • General Jurisdiction Recent Decisions

  • BSEA Decisions and Rulings

  • Our Strategic Plan

  • FY13 Performance Report