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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

IDHS > About IDHS > Fire & Building Safety / Services > Building Safety & Services > Building Plan Review > Administrative Reviews Administrative Reviews

The purpose of administrative review is to provide an inexpensive, fair, and impartial hearing process yielding consistent results for citizens who disagree with certain actions of the Agency.  In accordance with this aim, the Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security handles all timely filed petitions for administrative review pursuant the provisions of the Administrative Orders and Procedures Act, codified at Indiana Code 4-21.5. 

The Administrative Law Judge conducts prehearing and status conferences, presides over evidentiary hearings, and issues orders containing factual findings and legal conclusions related to the matter being reviewed.  Decisions of the Administrative Law Judge not involving emergency orders do not become final Agency actions until reviewed by the appropriate Board or Commission which may affirm, modify, or reverse the findings of the Administrative Law Judge.  The Administrative Law Judge is, however, the ultimate authority for the Agency with respect to emergency orders.

The Administrative Law Judge is a full-time state employee with standard medical, insurance, leave, and any other state benefits.  Please visit the Indiana State Personnel Department’s homepage for more information.  Salary and other public information for the Administrative Law Judge can be found at the Indiana Transparency Portal at http://www.in.gov/itp/2406.htm.   

The Honorable Justin P. Forkner

Justin P. Forkner has been the Administrative Law Judge for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security since September 1, 2014.  Judge Forkner is authorized to preside over cases involving the administrative reviews of agency actions falling under the ultimate authority of the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission, the Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education, the Emergency Medical Services Commission, the Indiana Secured School Safety Board, and the Regulated Amusement Device Safety Board. 

Judge Forkner received a B.A. in History from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1997.  He served as an officer in the United States Army for over seven years after receiving his undergraduate degree, and served for three years in the Indiana Army National Guard while in law school.  He received his J.D., summa cum laude, from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana, in December 2010. 

Judge Forkner has been licensed to practice law in the state of Indiana and in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana since May 2011.  Prior to his appointment as Administrative Law Judge, Judge Forkner was a judicial clerk and legal advisor at the Indiana Supreme Court, in the chambers of Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard, Justice Mark S. Massa, and Justice Steven H. David.

Legal Decisions Search

The various commissions in IDHS which are responsible for administrative reviews have authorized the indexing of all contested cases decided since November 1, 1997. The data base may be searched by name, cause number, IC or IAC code section, building or fire code section, or key words and phrases. If you have difficulty viewing cases, please call (317) 232-3835. The format of the database may not be compatible with all computer systems. If any case in the database is to be cited as authority, please cite the name of the case, cause number, & date of decision.

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