We currently have 32 adjudicative ABCs. Adjudicative ABCs take evidence, make findings of fact and law, and make decisions affecting a person's liberty, security, or legal rights. Board members need to apply legal principles as well as sound professional and technical principles for the decisions under their consideration.
Appointments to adjudicative ABCs are governed by the overriding principle of selection based on merit — an objective assessment of the fit between the skills and qualifications of the prospective candidate and the needs of the ABCs. For more information on the adjudicative ABCs appointments process, see Process Overview.