The mission of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is to promote the health, safety and economic well-being of the public through regulation, licensing, enforcement, training and education. As part of that mission, the Office of General Counsel (OGC) seeks to enforce the statutes, regulations and codes pertaining to each licensing entity encompassed by LLR. OGC staff provides legal advice to the Office of Investigations and Enforcement during the investigatory stages of each case as needed; meets with Investigative Review Committees as required; drafts charging documents, pleadings and agreements in each case where the board authorizes a formal complaint ; represents the State during disciplinary proceedings; and provides legal representation for the State at the Administrative Law Court, Court of Appeals and Circuit Courts throughout the State. OGC staff interacts with members of the public in a limited role, primarily related to upcoming hearings. Cases and responsibilities are assigned to attorneys by Board, Commission or Council. There are more than forty Boards, Commissions and Councils at LLR, so this overview below will not apply to each individual case, but is intended to give a broad outline of what to expect once a case reaches the OGC, not to be a prediction of what will happen in an individual case to an individual Respondent.
While a typical case is pending in OGC, the following steps are usually taken: