Last Update: 3/3/11 (Transmittal I-1-61)

This chapter describes HALLEX — the Hearings, Appeals and Litigation Law manual. It also provides the format and guidance for those who prepare HALLEX material.

Through HALLEX, the Deputy Commissioner for Disability Adjudication and Review conveys guiding principles, procedural guidance, and information to Office of Disability Adjudication and Review staff. HALLEX defines procedures for carrying out policy and provides guidance for processing and adjudicating claims at the hearing, Appeals Council, and civil action levels. It also includes policy statements resulting from Appeals Council en banc meetings under the authority of the Appeals Council Chair.