The individual contesting charges may represent him or herself, hire an attorney to represent you at your own expense or, in some instances, have an authorized representative attend the hearing on your own behalf. Your representative may be an employee or agent.
In vehicle boot or impoundment hearings, the registered owner of the vehicle must appear, unless a notarized affidavit permitting a representative to appear is submitted.
In certain police cases, such as drinking on a public way or disorderly conduct, the accused must appear in person, without exception.
A continuance is not allowed unless the Administrative Law Judge finds good cause. Lack of preparation is not considered good cause.
If you or your representative fail to appear for a scheduled hearing, or if you do not respond to a parking citation issued to you within 14 days, you are in default, and may be found liable in your absence. You will then be subject to any fines or penalties.
If you are in default on a matter other than a parking citation, you have 21 days to request a new hearing. To request a new hearing, file a Motion to Vacate form, which is available at the Office of Adjudication. The form must be filed in person between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Office of Adjudication, Village Hall, 123 Madison St.
At the time of filing your request, you will be scheduled for a hearing. If you are in default on a parking citation you do not need to request a hearing. You will automatically receive a hearing date when you MUST appear if you wish to challenge the default judgment. At the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge will rule on your request. If your request is granted, you will be expected to proceed with your hearing immediately after the ruling.