The Social Security disability policy of not letting people know who their judge would be in advance of showing up at the hearing site, has ended. The old policy probably made it more difficult to present cases to judges. All judges have different requirements for their hearings. For instance, some judges require briefs filed by the attorneys, and some do not. In addition, it was hard for attorneys to advise their clients about what to expect at a hearing. The policy probably had good intentions but just did not work on a practical basis.