Security Clearances FAQS
The personal appearance is a hearing before a DOHA Administrative Judge. These judges are lawyers and frequently retired JAG officers who are very knowledgeable about the adjudicative guidelines and who bring many years of military experience to the case. The typical hearing lasts for one to three hours. The government is usually represented by its own attorney who acts as a prosecutor. There are no rules of evidence, except relevance. In Hawaii, hearings are typically held by secure video teleconference at a military installation or at the Federal Building in Honolulu. The Administrative Judge is located in Burbank, or in some cases, in Washington, DC. Generally, witnesses should appear to testify in Hawaii, but I have had cases where some witnesses testified in Hawaii and some in Washington, while the Judge conducted the proceeding from Burbank.