The Adjudication Process
The Village of Cary's administrative hearing process is designed to adjudicate, or settle, a wide range of cases involving violations of Village ordinances that were once heard in the McHenry County Circuit Court. Hearings are conducted at the Cary Village Hall to provide a convenient location and method of contesting certain tickets, citations, or notices of violation. The goal of the administrative hearing process is to expedite the resolution of these violations.
An administrative hearing is a civil, not a criminal, proceeding. Cases are punishable by fines and a variety of other penalties, but not by jail time. Under the Village’s Administrative Adjudication System, cases are heard by an Administrative Hearing Officer who is required to be an experienced attorney and has completed state-mandated training to impartially render case decisions in a professional, courteous, and fair manner. The Administrative Hearing Officer hears, or may hear in the future, certain types (but not all) of cases in each of the following categories: