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.

What is Administrative Adjudication?:

  • An Administrative hearing is a civil, not a criminal proceeding.
  • Cases are punishable by fines and a variety of other penalties, excluding jail time.
  • An Administrative Law judge hears cases, not the City entity that issued the ticket, complaint, or notice of violation.
  • Law judges, all of whom are experienced attorneys, are required to undergo state-mandated training to be professional, fair, and courteous.

Types of Cases:

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

Benefits of Administrative Adjudication:

Hearings at City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014:

  • expedite resolutions,
  • reduce litigation expenses
  • are more convenient for residents and visitors who wish to contest a ticket or other citation.


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

Additional Resources:

Information Guide to Administrative Adjudication Hearings

Frequently Asked Questions about the Administrative Adjudication Process

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