For approximately the past year, the Social Security Administrated had implemented a new policy: the name of the Judge assigned would not be disclosed. This resulted in a situation, whereby a claimant and Counsel, would not know the identity of the Judge at hearing, until moments before the hearing commenced.
Recently, the Social Security Administration did an “about face” and reversed its “secret” Judge policy. Since April 20, 2013, the name of the Social Security Judge will be disclosed at the time that the Notice of Hearing is disseminated. Under current rules, this Notice must be sent out at least twenty (20) days prior to the hearing date. As a matter of practice, the Office of Disability Appeals and Review, usually sends out the Notice of Hearing approximately 60-90 days before the scheduled hearing date.
Since April 20, 2013, the Social Security Administration will also add the name of the Social Security Judge to the Appointed Representative Services (ARS) internet application. ARS users represent claimants in about 85% of all represented cases currently pending in ODAR.
Randy Zeldin, Esq. is a Social Security Disability attorney and lawyer, representing claimants in Boca Raton, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, Florida