Office of Adjudications

The Office of Adjudications conducts hearings and issues written decisions in contested cases regarding environmental permitting, licensing and enforcement matters where such hearings are requested by a party or the public or required by law.  Hearing officers, also known as Adjudicators, make findings of fact and determine questions of law based on issues presented in a particular case. Such cases may arise under any of the Department's regulatory programs and involve application of substantive and procedural law to the factual record established in each case.

Hearings are conducted in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedure Act, the Department's Rules of Practice, and all other relevant law.

Initiating a Hearing

At this time, we are accepting electronic filings.  Petitions with required signatures or requests must be either filed electronically by email to the Office of Adjudications at or mailed to the DEEP Office of Adjudications, 79 Elm Street, 3rd floor, Hartford, CT 06106.  Original petitions or requests that were filed electronically must also be mailed to the Office of Adjudications within 30 days. If the original petition or request exists only in electronic format or signatures were produced using a computer or typewriter, the petition or request must be submitted with a statement bearing the wet-ink signature of the petitioner or requester that the petition or request is only available in that format and has been submitted to satisfy the requirement that an original petition or request be filed.


All meetings and hearings are being held via web-based conference tools (e.g. Zoom) until further notice. 


(Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) Hearings)


Office Directory:

Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Environmental Protection Office of Adjudications
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Phone (860) 424-3037
Fax (860) 424-4053

Janice B. Deshais, Esq.
Director, Adjudicator

Kathleen Reiser, Esq.

Parties should not contact a hearing officer directly without prior permission.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Documents received after 5:00 p.m. or on a day when the office is officially closed will be considered filed on the next business day.

Related Information:

Rules of Practice

Agency Notices and Declaratory Rulings

Uniform Administrative Procedure Act - UAPA (CGS Ch. 54)

NOTICE:  Section 2-16 of the Connecticut Practice Book (pro hac vice appearances) applies to administrative proceedings before state agencies, including DEEP.  See § 2-16 at  Out of state attorneys are directed to seek appropriate pro hac vice status through the Connecticut Superior Court, judicial district of Hartford, and file proof of such status in the record in each relevant proceeding before the Office of Adjudications.