How long after my case is assigned to a Judge does it take to get a hearing?

How long to get a hearing after a Judge is assigned

If you are keeping in touch with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) which is preparing your case for hearing, you may be told that your case has finally been assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ).  

However, ODAR may not tell you is how much longer it will take to get a hearing date, now that your case has been assigned to a Judge.  So, how long after your case is assigned to a judge will it take to get a hearing?

I normally estimate that a hearing will be scheduled between 60 to 90 days after a Judge has been assigned to a case.

By the time a case has been assigned to a Judge, the case file, which includes all the records and other evidence Social Security will use in deciding your case, has been “worked up” by ODAR staff.  The file has been organized, duplicate records removed, and things have generally been cleaned up for the Judge’s review. 

Keep in mind that finding time on the docket for your hearing may increase or decrease your wait time.

  • If the Judge has an opening due to a cancellation, your case might be put into that spot, resulting in a quicker hearing.
  • If the Judge’s docket is full, your hearing may be pushed back until the next set of open hearing times.  This may be several months away. 

What was your experience with getting a hearing after your case was assigned to a judge? Tell me in the comments!

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About Tomasz Stasiuk

Tomasz Stasiuk is a Colorado Springs Social Security disability lawyer and the founding attorney of the Stasiuk Firm - a law firm specializing in Social Security disability cases in Colorado. Follow Tomasz Stasiuk on Google and Twitter

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  • stevenfrohlich

    welll it has been 6 and 1/2 years This case is a classic have all the documentation the vocational expert bruce magnason testified i could no work in the us economy, this is a total farse, why do we need to hear it again. I have testimony from a phsycoligist that i perform under a 50 . I guess it is time to involve my brother . I am from a famous and distinguished family you cannot screw us over. I will take action

  • stevenfrohlich

    it is crazy i have been wating for 6 and 1/2 years this judges looked me in the eye and lied to me twice is anyone listen to me this ass has to go I have a ton of i fo about him

  • stevenfrohlich

    we need to stop this guy at least 4 people have died because of him according to rio grande social services darlene gunther it is time to stop this natzi

  • FIDEL PATTERSON

    I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A HEARING FOR OVER A YEAR ,I HAVE BEEN WAITING TO GET MY SSI DISABILITY RE- STARTED FOR OVER 3 YEARS ,I HAD TO RE-APPLY, AND I HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE APPEALS AND NOW WAINTING FOR A HEARING BEFORE AN ALG. THIS IS,HAS BEEN GOING ON NOW FOR AS I HAVE SAID 3 YEARS.

  • http://www.ColoradoSocialSecurityLaw.com TomaszStasiuk

    I'm sorry it is taking so long for you to get a hearing.

  • Luann

    what are you supposed to do in between waiting for everything to go through and getting an income?? I have nothing but food stamps and no way to pay ANY bills??

  • Wall5337

    Hi my name is Richard my Rep is AllSup      became disable 9-20-10   ssa start date 10-11-10  1ST turn down 1-29-11  2nd turn down 4-25-11  filed hearing paper work at ssa odar houston Texas on  5-23-11 assinged judge 8-22-11         problem hands cts 3 hand surgers nerve damage  and 15 years of dealing with tx workers comp I hope it over soon.        thanks Richard

  • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

    Hi Richard. Your rep should know wait times in your area. Even if you are working with a large company, you should have a contact person who can tell you where you are in the process and what the game plan is to get your case ready.  Good luck!

  • Glogotcha

    Name Dawn, filed concurrent applications on 12/08/10 for SSI/SSDI, both application s recalled by local office, because Local Office said application was filed 6/02 and denied by ALJ 06/04, they considered application as Res Judicata, filed an appeal for both applications 03/24/11.  SSI application was sent to DDS and SSDI was sent to Baltimore, denied SSA said same issue, same party, filed appeal 05/9/11, application for SSI approved on 08/08/11, no decision on SSDI filed sent to a different city because the last hearing was in a different city, file is being worked up on 09/13/11.  My application is in Texas, how does Res Judicata work when there is “new and material” evidence and “changed circumstances” I am waiting on a date for hearing.  How does Res Judicata work????  Thanks

  • http://www.Planet10Tech.com TomaszStasiuk

    See http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/hallex/I-02/I-2-4-40.html

  • Glogotcha

    Today 10/04/11 case has been assigned ALJ, waiting on hearing date.

  • wall5337

    Update Judge had file 4 days and he wonts me to see a SAA Doctor on the SEP 29    it looks like judge had file 4 days acording to post mark.  But i notice it moves a lot faster in Downtown Houston ODAR office.  Thanks Richard

  • Brenda ( Florida)

    bAWHAHHAHAH It is a JOKE, I had my Hearing before the Judge on October 11th 2012 , My attorney (rep for Bill Gordon and Ass) was NOT PREPARED, they had to supeno for more records, Hereit is March 8th almost 5 months later and I called today ” IT IS WAITING FOR THE JUDGE TO RULE” Which is the same thing they have said for the past 3 months.

  • Christy Jamison

    I live in texas and it took me almost 2 years to get another hearing and its in front of the same judge..i have no chance in front of him.just last year along he denied 64 % of his cases. this judge thinks he is god and he can just play with peoples health problems