The Supreme Court held that the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment requires that state agencies must provide welfare recipients with evidentiary hearings before ending their benefits.
In conformity with state law, New York welfare officials terminated the public assistance of a recipient, with notice that the action could be challenged in a posttermination hearing. By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court held that a recipient must have the right to a pretermination hearing. Although not requiring the hearing to be a formal judicial proceeding, Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.’s
In subsequent decisions, the Court expanded the Goldberg principle to related situations. In Gross v. Lopez
Due process, procedural