Chapter 480-40 MOTIONS AND PRE-HEARING PROCEDURES
|(1)||An application to the Board for an order to take any action or to enter any order shall be made by motion which, unless made during the hearing, shall be made in writing, shall state specifically the grounds therefor, and shall set forth the action or order sought. A copy of all written motions shall be served upon the parties in accordance with Chapter 480-42.|
|(2)||A motion for a continuance or an extension of time shall be ruled upon by the Board or its designee forthwith. All other motions shall be ruled upon by the Board or its designee at the outset of the hearing, after an opportunity for argument by the parties; provided, however, that the Board or its designee may establish a hearing schedule and dispose of motions. The Board or its designee may request briefs in support of or in opposition to any motion.|
A motion for more definite statement shall be filed and ruled upon pursuant to 480-40-.01.
Proceedings before the Board shall be conducted as expeditiously as possible, with due regard to the rights of the parties. In contested cases before the Board of Pharmacy upon issuance of a notice of hearing, the procedures set forth in this chapter and Chapters 480-38 through Chapter 480-47 shall enable the parties to obtain relevant information needed for preparation of the case, to the extent that such disclosure is authorized by law.
|(1)||Should a party seek a list of the names of witnesses, including experts, whom another party expects to call or may call on its behalf, the party seeking the list must communicate the request in writing (by mail, personal service, or electronically) to the other party at least fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing. Such a request must also be filed with the Executive Director, Board of Pharmacy, 2 Peachtree Street, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303. The party of whom the information is requested shall, within a reasonable time prior to the commencement of the hearing but at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing, provide such a list to the requester.|
|(2)||The parties may also, within a reasonable period of time prior to the hearing, exchange copies of documents and designate documents already in the possession of the other party which are intended to be introduced as evidence at the hearing. Upon request, the parties shall make available to each other for inspection, copying, testing or sampling any tangible item intended to be introduced as evidence, within a reasonable period of time prior to the hearing. Where a party seeks documents or other evidence already in the possession of the other party which are intended to be introduced as evidence at the hearing, the party seeking the documents must communicate a request for the evidence in writing (by mail, personal service, or electronically) to the other party at least fourteen (14) days prior to the hearing. Such a request must also be filed with the Executive Director, Board of Pharmacy, 2 Peachtree Street, 6th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303. The party of whom the information is requested shall, within a reasonable time prior to the commencement of the hearing but at least ten (10) days prior to the hearing, provide such evidence to the requester or file a motion seeking an order to quash the request.|
|(3)|| If a
licensee makes a general or specific written request to the Board for
exculpatory, favorable, or arguably favorable evidence that is relative to
pending allegations concerning the licensee, the Board must furnish the
requested information, indicate that no such information exists, or refuse to
furnish the information requested prior to a hearing.
|(4)||If a party refuses to or neglects to produce documents, evidence, witness lists or statements in accordance with a request pursuant to 480-40-.04(1) or 480-40-.04(2), the Board or its designee may issue an order compelling production by motion of the requester or on its own motion. Where the party of whom information is requested has filed a motion to quash the request for production pursuant to 480-40-.01 and 480-40-.04(2), the Board or its designee may issue an order to quash the request for production upon good cause shown by the party requesting such an order. If a party subsequently refuses to or neglects to produce the requested materials in spite of an order compelling it to do so, the Board or its designee shall have the same rights and powers given the court under the Georgia Civil Practice Act. The Board or its designee may certify the facts to the Superior Court of Fulton County or any county where the offense is committed for appropriate action, including a finding of contempt. The Board or its designee shall have the power to issue writs of fieri facias in order to collect fines imposed for violation of a lawful order of the Board or its designee.|
|(5)||The parties shall be required to confer either in person or by telephone, in reasonable advance of a scheduled hearing date but at least seven (7) days prior to the hearing, in a good-faith attempt to reach an agreement as to the admissibility of any documents or tangible items intended to be offered in evidence for either side. The parties may stipulate as to any matter of fact and such stipulation will satisfy a party's burden of proving the fact alleged. The parties shall be encouraged to reach pre-hearing stipulations which could facilitate adjudication of the case. The Board or its designee, upon its own motion or upon the request of either party, may schedule a pre-hearing conference to hear and rule on motions or other preliminary matters, or otherwise facilitate adjudication of the case.|
Except as may be expressly authorized by these Rules or by statute, no other forms of prehearing discovery shall be authorized or permitted including, but not limited to, interrogatories and requests for production of documents and other materials