Administrative Adjudication

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The City of Crystal Lake’s Administration Adjudication Division hears a wide range of cases involving violations of municipal ordinances that were once heard in the McHenry County Circuit Court. Hearings at City Hall expedite resolutions, reduce litigation expenses and are more convenient for residents and visitors who wish to contest a ticket or other citation.

City Hall is located at:  100 W Woodstock St, Crystal Lake, IL  60014

An Administrative hearing is a civil, not a criminal proceeding. Cases are punishable by fines and a variety of other penalties, excluding jail time. Under the administrative hearing system, an Administrative Law judge, not the City entity that issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation, hears cases. Law judges, all of whom are experienced attorneys, are required to undergo state-mandated training to be professional, fair, and courteous. The Administrative Adjudication Division hears, or may hear in the future, the following types of cases:

  • Police issued tickets
  • Fire code violations
  • Building code violations
  • Zoning violations

For questions regarding Administrative Adjudication, please contact the Administrative Law Judge’s Administrative Assistant at (815) 459-2020, extension 4273.

Information Guide to Administrative Adjudication Hearings

Frequently Asked Questions about the Administrative Adjudication Process

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