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Title 50, Chapter 13.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Clerk" means the Chief Clerk.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Contested Case" means a case initiated by a hearing request to a state agency by an aggrieved party.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Covered Agency" means an agency required to refer contested cases to the Office of State Administrative Hearings.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "CPA" means the Civil Practice Act, O.C.G.A. Title 9, Chapter 11.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Final Decision" means a decision entered by an Administrative Law Judge that is not reviewable by the Referring Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Initial Decision" means a decision entered by an Administrative Law Judge that is reviewable by the Referring Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Person" means any individual, agency, partnership, firm, corporation, association, or other entity.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "Referring Agency" means the state agency for which an administrative hearing is being held.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.01(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> "State Legal Holidays" means those days on which state offices and facilities are closed by order of the Governor pursuant to O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=1-4-1&amp;title=1#1-4-1(a)" target="_newtab">1-4-1(a)</a>-(b).</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.02" name="616-1-2-.02" title="616-1-2-.02">Rule 616-1-2-.02 Applicability and Scope of Rules</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.02(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> This Chapter governs all contested cases referred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.02(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At an Administrative Law Judge's discretion, procedural requirements of these Rules may be relaxed to facilitate the resolution of a matter without prejudice to the parties and in a manner consistent with the requirements of the APA or other applicable law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.02(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedural questions that are not addressed by the APA, other applicable law, or these Rules shall be resolved at the Administrative Law Judge's discretion, as justice requires. The Administrative Law Judge may refer to the CPA and the Uniform Rules for the Superior Courts in the exercise of this discretion.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.02(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge shall determine which law governs a hearing when a Rule conflicts with or is supplemented by a state or federal statute or rule.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.03" name="616-1-2-.03" title="616-1-2-.03">Rule 616-1-2-.03 Referring Cases</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Except as provided in section (2) of this Rule, or unless otherwise provided by the Chief Administrative Law Judge, all case referrals to the Office of State Administrative Hearings shall be made by a Referring Agency with an Office of State Administrative Hearings Form 1. The Chief State Administrative Law Judge may prescribe different forms for different Referring Agencies or for different type or classes of cases. The Chief State Administrative Law Judge may authorize the referral of multiple cases through alternative methods.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Petition for Direct Appeal. <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If an agency fails to forward the hearing request for a contested case to the Office of State Administrative Hearings within thirty (30) calendar days after receipt of the request, or a shorter period prescribed by law, the party requesting the hearing may file a petition for a direct appeal.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The petition for direct appeal must include: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(b)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The petitioner's name and mailing address;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(b)(ii)">(ii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The name of the agency that received the petitioner's hearing request;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(b)(iii)">(iii)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The date the petitioner submitted the hearing request to the agency;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(b)(iv)">(iv)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A brief description of the adverse action that prompted the petitioner's hearing request.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Office of State Administrative Hearings shall promptly issue a written determination granting or denying the petition. The granting or denial of the petition shall be within the Administrative Law Judge's discretion. However, the determination shall not be based on the merits of the contested case.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.03(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If the petition for direct appeal is granted, the Office of State Administrative Hearings shall schedule the case for a hearing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.04" name="616-1-2-.04" title="616-1-2-.04">Rule 616-1-2-.04 Filing and Submitting Documents</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.04(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All case-related documents shall be filed on 8½ x 11-inch paper. A document is deemed filed on the date it is received by the Clerk, or on the official postmarked date on which the document was mailed, properly addressed with postage prepaid, whichever date comes first. The Clerk's office hours shall be 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except State legal holidays. Documents may be filed by fax or by e-mail attachment.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.04(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Case-initiating documents shall be filed with the Clerk. Documents filed subsequent to case initiation shall be filed with the assigned Administrative Law Judge.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.04(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All documents shall be signed by the person, attorney, or other authorized agent or representative filing the documents, and shall include the name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and representative capacity of the person filing the documents. By signing the document, the signer certifies that he or she has read the documents, and is not filing the documents for any improper purpose.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.04(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All legal authority referenced in any document and not already a part of the record shall be included in full and may not be incorporated by reference. This requirement does not apply to published decisions of the Georgia appellate courts, the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, Georgia laws, rules, and regulations published by the Secretary of State of Georgia, and all federal statutes, regulations, and published decisions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.04(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Failure to comply with this Rule or any other requirement of this Chapter relating to the form or content of submissions to be filed may result in the noncomplying submission being excluded from consideration. If, on a party's motion or on the Administrative Law Judge's own motion, the Administrative Law Judge determines that a submission fails to meet any requirement of this Chapter, the Administrative Law Judge may direct the Clerk to return the submission by mail together with a reference to the applicable Rule(s). A party whose submission has been returned shall have ten (10) days from the date of the submission's return within which to conform the submission, and to re-file.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.05" name="616-1-2-.05" title="616-1-2-.05">Rule 616-1-2-.05 Computing Time</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.05(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any period of time set forth in these Rules shall begin on the first day following the day of the act that initiates the time period. When the last day of the time period is a day on which the Clerk's office is closed, the time period shall run until the end of the next business day.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.05(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever a party has a right or requirement to act or respond to service of notice or other document by another party within a period prescribed by these Rules and not otherwise specified by law, three (3) days shall be added to that prescribed period if the notice or document is served by first class mail.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.06" name="616-1-2-.06" title="616-1-2-.06">Rule 616-1-2-.06 Changes of Time</a></h2> <P>For good cause shown, an Administrative Law Judge, either on an Administrative Law Judge's own motion or on a party's motion, may change any time limit prescribed or allowed by these Rules that is not otherwise specified by law. The Administrative Law Judge shall notify all parties of any determination to change a time period.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.07" name="616-1-2-.07" title="616-1-2-.07">Rule 616-1-2-.07 Burden of Proof</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.07(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The agency shall bear the burden of proof in all matters except that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.07(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> in any case involving the imposition of civil penalties, an administrative enforcement order, or the revocation, suspension, amendment, or non-renewal of a license, the holder of the license and the person from whom civil penalties are sought or against whom an order is issued shall bear the burden as to any affirmative defenses raised;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.07(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a party challenging the issuance, revocation, suspension, amendment, or non-renewal of a license who is not the licensee shall bear the burden;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.07(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> an applicant for a license that has been denied shall bear the burden;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.07(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> any licensee that appeals the conditions, requirements, or restrictions placed on a license shall bear the burden; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.07(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> an applicant or recipient of a public assistance benefit shall bear the burden unless the case involves an agency action reducing, suspending, or terminating a benefit.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.07(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Prior to the commencement of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge may determine that law or justice requires a different placement of the burden of proof.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.08" name="616-1-2-.08" title="616-1-2-.08">Rule 616-1-2-.08 Pleadings; Amendments to Pleadings</a></h2> <P>A statute, rule, or order of an Administrative Law Judge may require a party to file a pleading. A party may amend a pleading without leave of the Administrative Law Judge until the tenth day prior to the date set for hearing on the matter, unless otherwise ordered by the Administrative Law Judge. Thereafter, a party may amend a pleading only by written consent of the opposing party or by leave of the Administrative Law Judge for good cause shown. If a party amends a pleading to which the opposing party is required to respond or reply, a response or reply to the amendment shall be filed within seven (7) days of service of the amendment unless otherwise ordered by the Administrative Law Judge.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.09" name="616-1-2-.09" title="616-1-2-.09">Rule 616-1-2-.09 Notice of Hearing</a></h2> <P>As soon as practicable after a case is referred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings, the Administrative Law Judge shall issue a Notice of Hearing for the purpose of setting forth the date, time, and place of the hearing. The Notice of Hearing shall be sent to the parties.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.10" name="616-1-2-.10" title="616-1-2-.10">Rule 616-1-2-.10 Ex Parte Communications</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.10(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Once a case has been referred to the Office of State Administrative Hearings, no person shall communicate with the assigned Administrative Law Judge relating to the merits of the case without the knowledge and consent of all other parties to the matter, provided that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.10(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> an Administrative Law Judge may communicate with another Administrative Law Judge relating to the merits of cases at any time; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.10(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> where circumstances require, ex parte communications are authorized for scheduling, administrative purposes, or emergencies that do not deal with substantive matters or issues on the merits, provided that: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.10(1)(b)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the Administrative Law Judge reasonably believes that no party will gain procedural or tactical advantage as a result of the ex parte communication; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.10(1)(b)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the Administrative Law Judge makes provision to promptly notify all other parties of the substance of the ex parte communication and allows an opportunity to respond.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.10(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Should an Administrative Law Judge receive a communication prohibited by this Rule, the Administrative Law Judge shall notify all parties of the receipt of such communication and its content.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.11" name="616-1-2-.11" title="616-1-2-.11">Rule 616-1-2-.11 Service</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.11(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party filing a document or other submission with the Office of State Administrative Hearings shall simultaneously serve a copy of the document or submission on each party of record. Service shall be by first class mail, fax, e-mail, or personal delivery. Service by mail shall be complete upon mailing by first class mail, with proper postage attached.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.11(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Service of a subpoena shall be made pursuant to Rule 19.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.11(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every filing shall be accompanied either by an acknowledgment of service from the person served, by his or her authorized agent for service, or by a certificate of service stating the date, place, and manner of service, as well as the name and address of the persons served.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.11(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Clerk shall maintain and, upon request, furnish to parties of record a list containing the name, address, and telephone number of each party's attorney, or each party's duly authorized representative.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.12" name="616-1-2-.12" title="616-1-2-.12">Rule 616-1-2-.12 Consolidation; Severance</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.12(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In cases involving common issues of law or fact, an Administrative Law Judge may order a joint hearing to expedite or simplify consideration of any or all of the issues in such cases.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.12(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If an Administrative Law Judge determines that it would be more conducive to an expeditious, full, and fair hearing for any party or issue to be heard separately, the Administrative Law Judge may sever the party or issue for a separate hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.13" name="616-1-2-.13" title="616-1-2-.13">Rule 616-1-2-.13 Substitution of Parties; Intervention; Joinder</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.13(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge may, upon motion, permit the substitution of a party as justice requires.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.13(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.13(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A person seeking to intervene shall file a motion in accordance with Rule 16 stating the specific grounds for intervention and attach a pleading setting forth the claim or defense for intervention. The grant or denial of the motion to intervene shall be governed by the APA.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.13(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> To avoid undue delay or prejudice to the original parties, an Administrative Law Judge may limit the factual or legal issues that may be raised by an intervenor.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.13(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge is not authorized to join a party to any proceeding without the party's consent.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.14" name="616-1-2-.14" title="616-1-2-.14">Rule 616-1-2-.14 Prehearing Conferences</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge may order the parties to appear at a specified time and place for one or more conferences before or during a hearing. At the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge, prehearing conferences may be conducted in whole or in part by telephone.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge may require a party to submit written proposals regarding: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a schedule for prehearing procedures, including the submission and disposition of all prehearing motions;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> simplification, clarification, amplification, or limitation of the issues;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> evidentiary matters, such as: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(c)1.">1.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> identification of documents expected to be tendered by a party;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(c)2.">2.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> admissions and stipulations of facts and the genuineness and admissibility of documents;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(c)3.">3.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> identification of persons expected to be called as witnesses by a party and the substance of the anticipated testimony;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(c)4.">4.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> identification of expert witnesses expected to be called by a party to testify and the substance of the facts and opinions to which the expert witness is expected to testify and a summary of the grounds for each opinion; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(c)5.">5.</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> objections to the introduction into evidence at the hearing of any written testimony, documents, papers, exhibits or other submissions proposed by any party.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> matters for which official notice is sought; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.14(2)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> other matters that may expedite hearing procedures or that the Administrative Law Judge otherwise deems appropriate.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.15" name="616-1-2-.15" title="616-1-2-.15">Rule 616-1-2-.15 Summary Determination</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.15(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party may move, based on supporting affidavits or other probative evidence, for summary determination in its favor on any of the issues being adjudicated on the basis that there is no genuine issue of material fact for determination. There shall be included in the motion or attached thereto a short and concise statement of each of the material facts as to which the moving party contends there is no genuine issue for determination. Such a motion must be filed and served on all parties no later than thirty (30) days before the date set for hearing. For good cause shown, a motion may be filed at any time before the close of the hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.15(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party may file and serve a response to a motion for summary determination or a counter-motion for summary determination within twenty (20) days of service of the motion for summary determination. The response shall include a short and concise statement of each of the material facts as to which the party opposing summary determination contends there exists a genuine issue for determination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.15(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When a motion for summary determination is supported as provided in this Rule, a party opposing the motion may not rest upon mere allegations or denials, but must show, by affidavit or other probative evidence, that there is a genuine issue of material fact for determination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.15(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Affidavits shall be made upon personal knowledge, shall set forth facts that would be admissible in evidence, and shall show affirmatively that the affiant is competent to testify to the matters stated therein. Sworn or certified copies of all documents to which reference is made in an affidavit shall be attached thereto and served therewith. Where facts necessary for summary determination are a matter of expert opinion, such facts may be resolved on the basis of uncontroverted affidavits or testimony of expert opinion.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.15(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge may set the motion for oral argument and call for the submission of proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and briefs. If the period required to rule upon the motion will extend beyond the date set for the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge may continue the hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.15(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge shall rule on a motion for summary determination in writing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.15(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If all factual issues are decided by summary determination, the Administrative Law Judge shall issue an Initial or Final Decision.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.16" name="616-1-2-.16" title="616-1-2-.16">Rule 616-1-2-.16 Motions</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.16(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All requests made to the Administrative Law Judge shall be made by motion. Unless made during the hearing, motions shall be in writing, shall state specifically the grounds therefore, and shall describe the action or order sought. A copy of all written motions shall be served in accordance with Rule 11.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.16(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A response to a motion may be filed within ten (10) days after service of the written motion. The time for response may be shortened or extended by the Administrative Law Judge for good cause prior to the expiration of the ten (10) day response period. Either party may request an expedited ruling.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.16(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unless otherwise provided, all motions shall be filed at least ten (10) days prior to the date set for hearing unless the need or opportunity for the motion could not reasonably have been foreseen. Such motions shall be filed as soon as the need or opportunity for the motion becomes reasonably foreseeable.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.16(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All motions, and responses thereto, shall include citations of supporting authorities and, if germane, supporting affidavits or citations to evidentiary materials of record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.16(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge may determine whether the nature and complexity of the motion justifies a hearing on the motion and notify the parties accordingly. A request for a hearing on a motion must be made in writing and filed by the date the response to the motion is due. Notice of a hearing on a motion shall be given by the Administrative Law Judge at least five (5) days prior to the date set for hearing. At the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge, a hearing on a motion may be conducted in whole or in part by telephone. The Administrative Law Judge shall rule upon motions promptly.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.16(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Multiple motions may be consolidated for hearing or prehearing conference. The Administrative Law Judge may order the submission of briefs or oral argument relative to any motion.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.17" name="616-1-2-.17" title="616-1-2-.17">Rule 616-1-2-.17 Withdrawal of Hearing Request; Settlement</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.17(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party requesting a hearing may withdraw the request for hearing at any time, in writing or otherwise, whereupon the Administrative Law Judge may enter an order of dismissal with prejudice.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.17(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The parties may agree to settle the matters in dispute at any time, whereupon the Administrative Law Judge shall enter an order of dismissal with prejudice.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.18" name="616-1-2-.18" title="616-1-2-.18">Rule 616-1-2-.18 Evidence; Official Notice</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> As provided in the APA, the Administrative Law Judge shall apply the rules of evidence as applied in the trial of civil nonjury cases in the superior courts and may, when necessary to ascertain facts not reasonably susceptible of proof under such rules, consider evidence not otherwise admissible thereunder if it is of a type commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent persons in the conduct of their affairs. At the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge, such evidence which may be admitted includes the following: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> records, reports, statements, plats, maps, charts, surveys, studies, analyses or data compilations, in any form, of public offices or agencies, setting forth (i) the activities of the office of agency, or (ii) matters observed pursuant to duty imposed by law as to which matters there was a duty to report, or (iii) factual findings resulting from an investigation or research not performed in conjunction with the matter being heard and carried out pursuant to authority granted by law, unless its probative value cannot be determined or it lacks trustworthiness due to the sources of information or other circumstances;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> reports, records, statements, plats, maps, charts, surveys, studies, analyses or data compilations after testimony by an expert witness that the witness prepared such document and that it is correct to the best of the witness' knowledge, belief and expert opinion;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> to the extent called to the attention of an expert witness upon cross-examination or relied upon by the witness in direct examination, statements contained in published treatises, periodicals, or pamphlets on a subject of history, medicine, or other science or art, established as a reliable authority by the testimony or admission of the witness or by other expert testimony or by official notice;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> any medical, psychiatric, or psychological evaluations or scientific or technical reports, records, statements, plats, maps, charts, surveys, studies, analyses or data compilations of a type routinely submitted to and relied upon by the Referring Agency in the normal course of its business; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> documentary evidence in the form of copies if the original is not readily available, if its use would unduly disrupt the records of the possessor of the original, or by agreement of the parties. Upon request, parties shall have an opportunity to compare the copy with the original. Documentary evidence may also be received in the form of excerpts, charts, or summaries when, in the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge, the use of the entire document would unnecessarily add to the record's length. The entire document shall be made available for examination or copying, or both, by other parties at a reasonable time and place.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Where practicable, a copy of each exhibit identified or tendered at the hearing shall be furnished to the Administrative Law Judge and the other parties when first presented at the hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge shall give effect to statutory presumptions and the rules of privilege recognized by law.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge may assist the Administrative Law Judge to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise. The facts or data in the particular case upon which an expert bases an opinion or inference may be those perceived by or made known to the expert at or before the hearing. If of a type reasonably relied upon by experts in the particular field in forming opinions or inferences upon the subject, the facts or data need not be admissible in evidence. The expert may testify in terms of opinion or inference and give the reasons therefore without prior disclosure of the underlying facts or data, unless the Administrative Law Judge requires otherwise. In any event, the expert may be required to disclose the underlying facts or data on cross-examination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge shall have the discretion to authorize or require the submission of direct testimony in written form. Unless otherwise ordered by the Judge, a party submitting such testimony in support of an issue on which it has the burden of proof shall file and serve the testimony upon all parties no less than fifteen (15) days before the hearing. All other such testimony shall be filed and served upon all parties no less than five (5) days before the hearing. The admissibility of the evidence contained in written testimony shall be subject to the same rules as if the testimony were produced under oral examination. The witness presenting the statement shall swear to or affirm the statement at the hearing and shall be subject to full cross-examination during the course of the hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever any oral testimony sought to be admitted is excluded by the Administrative Law Judge, the proponent of the testimony may make an offer of proof by means of a brief statement on the record describing the excluded testimony. Whenever any documentary or physical evidence or written testimony sought to be admitted is excluded, it shall remain a part of the record as an offer of proof.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All objections shall include a statement of the legal basis for the objection and shall be made promptly or deemed waived. Parties shall be presumed to have taken exception to an adverse ruling. No objection shall be deemed waived by further participation in the hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Official notice may, in the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge, be taken of judicially recognizable facts. Any documents officially noticed shall be admitted into the record of the hearing. All parties shall be notified either prior to or during the hearing of the material noticed and any party shall on a timely request be afforded an opportunity to contest the matters of which official notice is taken.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge may take official notice of the contents of policy and procedure manuals promulgated by State agencies for which the Office of State Administrative Hearings conducts hearings. Unless such manuals have been adopted in accordance with the rulemaking procedures set out in O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-13-4&amp;title=50#" target="_newtab">50-13-4</a>, the Administrative Law Judge shall cause the notice of hearing to identify such manuals by name and by publishing agency, to indicate that official notice will be taken of such manuals subject to the opportunity to contest such materials pursuant to paragraph (8) of this Rule; and to notify all parties where copies of the manuals may be inspected. Any party may introduce into evidence copies of particular portions of any manual officially noticed under this Rule upon which the party relies without further authentication. In addition, the Administrative Law Judge or any party may incorporate material from any manual so noticed in a brief, motion, pleading, order or decision by quotation or paraphrase thereof, by reference, or otherwise. Official notice may also be taken of any fact alleged, presented, or found in any other hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, or of the status and disposition of any such hearing; provided, that any party shall on timely request be afforded an opportunity to contest the matters of which official notice is taken.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.18(10)">(10)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The weight to be given to any evidence shall be determined by the Administrative Law Judge based upon its reliability and probative value.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.19" name="616-1-2-.19" title="616-1-2-.19">Rule 616-1-2-.19 Subpoenas; Notices to Produce</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subpoenas may be issued which require the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of objects or documents at depositions or hearings provided for by these Rules. The party on whose behalf the subpoenas are issued shall be responsible for completing and serving the subpoenas sufficiently in advance of the hearing to secure the attendance of a witness or the deposed testimony of the witness at the time of the hearing.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subpoenas shall be in writing and filed at least five (5) days prior to the hearing or deposition at which a witness or document is sought, shall be served upon all parties, and shall identify the witnesses whose testimony is sought or the documents or objects sought to be produced. Every subpoena shall state the title of the action.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subpoenas may be obtained from the Office of State Administrative Hearings website or from the Clerk.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A subpoena may be served at any place within Georgia and by any sheriff, by a sheriff's deputy, or by any other person not less than eighteen (18) years of age. Proof of service may be shown by certificate endorsed on a copy of the subpoena. Subpoenas may also be served by registered or certified mail, and the return receipt shall constitute prima facie proof of service. Service upon a party may be made by serving the party's counsel of record. Fees and mileage shall be paid to the recipient of a subpoena in accordance with O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=24-13-25&amp;title=24#" target="_newtab">24-13-25</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Once issued, a subpoena may be quashed by the Administrative Law Judge if it appears that the subpoena is unreasonable or oppressive, or that the testimony, documents, or objects sought are irrelevant, immaterial, or cumulative and unnecessary to a party's preparation and presentation of its position at the hearing, or that basic fairness dictates that the subpoena should not be enforced. The Administrative Law Judge may require the party issuing the subpoena to advance the reasonable cost of producing the documents or objects.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Once issued and served, unless otherwise conditioned or quashed, a subpoena shall remain in effect until the close of the hearing or until the witness is excused, whichever comes first.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge shall have the power to enforce subpoenas through the imposition of civil penalties, pursuant to Rule 44.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(8)">(8)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A party may serve a notice to produce in order to compel production of documents or objects in the possession, custody, or control of another party in lieu of serving a subpoena under this Rule. Service may be perfected in accordance with paragraph (4), but no fees or mileage shall be allowed therefor. Paragraph (5) shall apply to such notices.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.19(9)">(9)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A notice to produce shall be in writing and shall be signed by the party or by the party's attorney seeking production of documents or objects. The notice shall be directed to the opposing party or the opposing party's attorney. A copy of any notice to produce shall be filed with the Clerk.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.20" name="616-1-2-.20" title="616-1-2-.20">Rule 616-1-2-.20 Depositions; Written Direct Testimony</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> At any time during the course of a proceeding, the Administrative Law Judge may order that the testimony of a witness is to be taken by deposition or in response to written questions.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge may specify whether the scope of examination by deposition should be limited.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Procedures for oral depositions to secure testimony shall be as follows: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(3)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Examination and cross-examination of a deponent shall proceed under the same rules of evidence as are applicable to hearings under this Chapter. Each deponent shall be duly sworn by an officer authorized to administer oaths by the laws of the United States or the place where the examination is held, and the deponent's testimony shall be recorded and transcribed. Any objections made at the time of the deposition to the qualifications of the officer taking the deposition, to the manner in which the deposition was taken, to the evidence presented, to the conduct of any party, or to the proceedings shall be recorded and included in the transcript. Evidence to which there is an objection shall be taken subject to the objection.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(3)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any error or irregularity in the notice of taking testimony by deposition shall be deemed waived unless written objection thereto is filed with the Clerk and served upon all parties prior to the deposition in accordance with Rule 11. Any objection relating to the qualifications of the officer before whom the deposition is to be taken shall be deemed waived unless made before the deposition begins or as soon thereafter as the alleged lack of qualification becomes known or should have been discovered in the exercise of reasonable diligence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(3)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any objection to the competency of a witness or to the competency, relevancy, or materiality of testimony is not waived by failure to make an objection before or during the deposition unless the ground of the objection is one which might have been removed if presented at the time. Any error or irregularity occurring during the deposition in the administration of the oath or affirmation, the manner in which the deposition was taken, the form of questions or the answers thereto, the conduct of any party, or any error of a kind which might have been removed or cured if timely raised, shall be deemed waived unless reasonable objection thereto is made at the deposition.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(3)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any error or irregularity in the manner in which the testimony is transcribed or the deposition is prepared, certified, transmitted, filed, or otherwise dealt with by the officer taking the deposition shall be deemed waived unless a motion to strike all or a part of the deposition is made with reasonable promptness after such error or irregularity is or should have been ascertained in the exercise of reasonable diligence.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(3)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The deposition shall be transcribed, certified, and filed with the Clerk. Any party who contends that the transcript does not truly or fully disclose what transpired at the deposition shall file a notice with the Clerk specifying alleged errors and omissions within ten (10) days of filing the deposition. If the parties are unable to agree as to the alleged errors and omissions, the Administrative Law Judge shall set the matter down for hearing with notice to all parties for the purpose of resolving the differences so as to make the record conform to the truth.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(3)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Documents and things produced for inspection during the examination of the witness shall, upon the request of a party, be marked for identification and attached to and filed with the deposition, and may be inspected and copied by a party. Copies may be substituted for originals if each party is given an opportunity to compare the proffered copy with the original to verify its correctness.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Application to take testimony by written questions shall be made and considered in the same manner as prescribed for depositions in paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) of this Rule. If the Administrative Law Judge orders the taking of testimony on written questions, each written question shall be answered separately and fully in writing under oath, unless objected to, in which event the reasons for objection shall be stated in lieu of an answer. The answers shall be signed by the person making them, and any objections shall be signed by the attorney making them.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unless otherwise ordered by the Administrative Law Judge, a party submitting written direct testimony in support of an issue on which it has the burden of proof shall file and serve the written direct testimony upon all parties no less than fifteen (15) days before the hearing. All other testimony shall be filed and served upon all parties no less than five (5) days before the hearing. The admissibility of the evidence contained in written testimony shall be subject to the same rules as if the testimony were produced under oral examination. The witness presenting the statement shall swear to or affirm the statement at the hearing and shall be subject to full cross-examination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Subject to appropriate rulings on objections, a deposition or written direct testimony shall be received in evidence as if the testimony had been given by the witness before the Administrative Law Judge.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.20(7)">(7)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever used in this Rule, the word "witness" shall be construed to include parties.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.21" name="616-1-2-.21" title="616-1-2-.21">Rule 616-1-2-.21 Nature of Proceedings</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.21(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In a hearing conducted under this Chapter, the Administrative Law Judge shall make an independent determination on the basis of the competent evidence presented at the hearing. Except as provided in Rule 29, the Administrative Law Judge may make any disposition of the matter available to the Referring Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.21(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a party includes in its pleadings a challenge to the regularity of the process by which the Referring Agency reached a decision, the Administrative Law Judge shall take evidence and reach a determination on such a challenge at the outset of the hearing. The party making such a challenge shall have the burden of proof. If the Administrative Law Judge finds the challenge meritorious, the Administrative Law Judge may remand the matter to the Referring Agency.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.21(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The hearing shall be de novo in nature, and the evidence on the issues in a hearing shall not be limited to the evidence presented to or considered by the Referring Agency prior to its decision.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.21(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Unless otherwise provided by law, the standard of proof on all issues in a hearing shall be a preponderance of the evidence.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.22" name="616-1-2-.22" title="616-1-2-.22">Rule 616-1-2-.22 Hearing Procedure</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge shall conduct a fair and impartial hearing, take action to avoid unnecessary delay in the disposition of the proceedings, and maintain order. The Administrative Law Judge may, among other things: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> arrange for and issue notices of the date, time, and place of hearings and prehearing conferences;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> establish the methods and procedures to be used in the development of the evidence;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> hold prehearing conferences to settle, simplify, determine, or strike any of the issues in a hearing, or to consider other matters that may facilitate the expeditious disposition of the hearing;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> administer oaths and affirmations;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> regulate the course of the hearing and govern the conduct of the participants;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> examine witnesses called by the parties;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(g)">(g)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> rule on, admit, exclude, or limit evidence;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(h)">(h)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> establish the time for filing motions, testimony, and other written evidence, exhibits, briefs, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, and other submissions;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(i)">(i)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> rule on motions and procedural matters before the Administrative Law Judge, including but not limited to motions to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction or for summary determination;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(j)">(j)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> order that the hearing be conducted in stages whenever the number of parties is large or the issues are numerous and complex;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(k)">(k)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> allow cross-examination as required for a full and true disclosure of facts;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(l)">(l)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> order that any information so entitled under applicable state or federal statute or regulation be treated as confidential information and be accorded the degree of confidentiality required thereby;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(m)">(m)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> reprimand or exclude from the hearing any person for any indecorous or improper conduct;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(n)">(n)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> subpoena and examine witnesses or evidence the Administrative Law Judge believes necessary for a full and complete record; and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(1)(o)">(o)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> take any action not inconsistent with this Chapter or the APA to maintain order at the hearing and ensure an expeditious, fair, and impartial hearing.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> When two or more parties have substantially similar interests and positions, the Administrative Law Judge may limit the number of attorneys or other party representatives who will be permitted to cross-examine and to argue motions and objections on behalf of those parties. Attorneys may engage in cross-examination relevant to matters which the Administrative Law Judge finds have not been adequately covered by previous cross-examination.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever any party raises issues under either the Georgia or United States Constitution, the sections of any laws or rules constitutionally challenged and any constitutional provisions such laws or rules are alleged to violate must be stated with specificity. In addition, an allegation of unconstitutionality must be supported by a statement either of the basis for the claim of unconstitutionality as a matter of law or of the facts under which the party alleges that the law or rule is unconstitutional as applied to the party. Although the Administrative Law Judge is not authorized to resolve constitutional challenges to statutes or rules, the Administrative Law Judge may, in the Administrative Law Judge's discretion, take evidence and make findings of fact relating to such challenges.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A hearing may be conducted by alternate means if the record reflects that all parties have consented and that the alternate means will not jeopardize the rights of a party to the hearing. <U>In the Administrative Law Judge's discretion, a portion of a hearing may be conducted by remote telephonic communication, including but not limited to the use of two-way video-conferencing.</U></td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon application by a party, the Administrative Law Judge shall certify the facts to the superior court of the county in which a party, agent, or employee of a party: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(5)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> disobeys or resists any lawful order or process;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(5)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> neglects to produce, after having been ordered to do so, any pertinent book, paper, or document;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(5)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> refuses to appear after having been subpoenaed;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(5)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> upon appearing, refuses to take the oath or affirmation as a witness;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(5)(e)">(e)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> after taking the oath or affirmation, refuses to testify; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.22(5)(f)">(f)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> disobeys any other order issued by an Administrative Law Judge for a determination of the appropriate action, including a finding of contempt.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.23" name="616-1-2-.23" title="616-1-2-.23">Rule 616-1-2-.23 Record of Hearings</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.23(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All rulings, orders, and notices issued by the Administrative Law Judge, all pleadings and motions, all recordings or transcripts of oral hearings or arguments, all written direct testimony, all other data, studies, reports, documentation, information, and other written material of any kind submitted in the proceedings, a statement of matters officially noticed, all proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and briefs, as well as the Initial or Final Decision shall be a part of the hearing record and shall be available to the public, except as provided by law according confidentiality.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.23(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Evidentiary hearings shall be either stenographically reported verbatim or recorded by electronic means. Upon written request, a copy of the record of any oral proceeding shall be furnished to any party at the requesting party's expense.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.23(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All documentary and physical evidence shall be retained by the Clerk unless and until the record is transmitted to the Referring Agency pursuant to Rule 33.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.24" name="616-1-2-.24" title="616-1-2-.24">Rule 616-1-2-.24 Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law; Briefs</a></h2> <P>At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge may require a party to submit proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and briefs on a date certain. Reply briefs may be filed at the Administrative Law Judge's discretion.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.25" name="616-1-2-.25" title="616-1-2-.25">Rule 616-1-2-.25 Newly Discovered Evidence</a></h2> <P>Prior to the entry of an Initial or Final Decision, a party may move the Administrative Law Judge for an order allowing the introduction of additional evidence on the basis that such evidence is newly discovered and was not discoverable in the exercise of reasonable diligence at the time of the hearing. If the Administrative Law Judge determines that the evidence is newly discovered, and that it may materially impact the case, the Administrative Law Judge shall hear and receive such evidence in the manner prescribed for the receipt of evidence by these Rules.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.26" name="616-1-2-.26" title="616-1-2-.26">Rule 616-1-2-.26 Closure of Hearing Record</a></h2> <P>Except as provided in this Rule or otherwise ordered, the record shall be closed at the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing. Should the Administrative Law Judge request the preparation of a transcript or require or authorize the filing of proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, or briefs, the record shall be deemed closed upon the receipt of the transcript or upon the expiration of the time allowed for the required or authorized filings, whichever date is later.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.27" name="616-1-2-.27" title="616-1-2-.27">Rule 616-1-2-.27 Initial or Final Decision</a></h2> <P>The Administrative Law Judge shall review and evaluate all of the admitted evidence and interlocutory rulings, and shall issue a written Initial or Final Decision, setting forth the findings of fact and conclusions of law. The Initial or Final Decision shall be issued within the time provided by law, or within thirty (30) days of the hearing record closing. Should the Administrative Law Judge determine that the complexity of the issues and the length of the record require additional time to issue the Initial or Final Decision, the Administrative Law Judge shall enter an order setting forth the earliest practicable date certain for the issuance of the Initial or Final Decision.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.28" name="616-1-2-.28" title="616-1-2-.28">Rule 616-1-2-.28 Motions for Reconsideration or Rehearing; Stay of Initial or Final Decision</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.28(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A motion for reconsideration or rehearing will be considered only if filed within ten (10) days of the entry of the Initial or Final Decision. The time for filing such a motion may be extended by the Administrative Law Judge for good cause.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.28(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The filing of such a motion shall not operate as a stay of enforcement of the Initial or Final Decision, unless the Administrative Law Judge finds that the public health, safety, and welfare will not be harmed by the issuance of a stay.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.28(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge shall not grant a motion for rehearing until after the expiration of the period for a response by any other party provided by Rule 16(2).</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.29" name="616-1-2-.29" title="616-1-2-.29">Rule 616-1-2-.29 Remands</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.29(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge may, either on the Administrative Law Judge's own motion or at the motion of any party, remand any matter to the Referring Agency at any time. In exercising discretion relating to the remand of a matter, the Administrative Law Judge shall consider, among other things, the possible delay created by a remand and its impact upon the parties, the likelihood that a remand could cause a change in the position taken by the Referring Agency whose activity is being reviewed, and the need for the peculiar expertise and experience of the Referring Agency in insuring a just and orderly administrative process.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.29(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge shall remand to the Referring Agency any matter contesting the denial of a permit or license in which the Administrative Law Judge concludes that the denial was unlawful and shall include in a written order of remand the findings of fact and conclusions of law required by Rule 27.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.30" name="616-1-2-.30" title="616-1-2-.30">Rule 616-1-2-.30 Default</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.30(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A default order may be entered against a party that fails to participate in any stage of a proceeding, a party that fails to file any required pleading, or a party that fails to comply with an order issued by the Administrative Law Judge. Any default order shall specify the grounds for the order.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.30(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any default order may provide for a default as to all issues, a default as to specific issues, or other limitations, including limitations on the presentation of evidence and on the defaulting party's continued participation in the proceeding. After issuing a default order, the Administrative Law Judge shall proceed as necessary to resolve the case without the participation of the defaulting party, or with such limited participation as the Administrative Law Judge deems appropriate, and shall determine all issues in the proceeding, including those affecting the party in default.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.30(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Within ten (10) days of the entry of a default order, the party against whom the default order was issued may file a written motion requesting that the order be vacated or modified, and stating the grounds for the motion.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.30(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> The Administrative Law Judge may decline to enter a default or may open a default previously entered if the party's failure was the result of providential cause or excusable neglect, or if the Administrative Law Judge determines from all of the facts that a proper case has been made to deny or open the default.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.30(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> If a party fails to attend an evidentiary hearing after having been given written notice, the Administrative Law Judge may proceed with the hearing in the absence of the party unless the absent party is the party who requested the hearing, in which case the Administrative Law Judge may dismiss the action. Failure of a party to appear at the time set for hearing shall constitute a failure to appear, unless excused for good cause.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.31" name="616-1-2-.31" title="616-1-2-.31">Rule 616-1-2-.31 Emergency or Expedited Procedures</a></h2> <P>Whenever a hearing is required by law to be held pursuant to an expedited time frame inconsistent with these Rules, or whenever the Administrative Law Judge determines that an expedited time frame is necessary to protect the interests of the parties or the public health, safety, or welfare, the Administrative Law Judge shall require such filing of pleadings and shall conduct the hearing in such manner as justice requires.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.32" name="616-1-2-.32" title="616-1-2-.32">Rule 616-1-2-.32 Recusal of an Administrative Law Judge</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge may be recused, or disqualified, from a case based on bias, prejudice, interest, or any other cause provided for in this Rule.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge shall be recused in any proceeding in which the impartiality of the Administrative Law Judge might reasonably be questioned, including but not limited to instances in which: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the Administrative Law Judge has a personal bias or prejudice concerning a party or a party's lawyer, or has personal knowledge of disputed evidentiary facts concerning the proceeding;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the Administrative Law Judge served as a lawyer in the matter in controversy, or a lawyer with whom the Administrative Law Judge previously practiced law served as a lawyer concerning the matter during such association, or the Administrative Law Judge has been a material witness concerning the matter; or</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the Administrative Law Judge, the spouse of the Administrative Law Judge, a person within the third degree of relationship to either of them, the spouse of such a person, or any other member of the family of the Administrative Law Judge residing in the household is a party to the proceeding or an officer, director, or trustee of a party, is acting as a lawyer or as a party's representative in the proceeding, is known by the Administrative Law Judge to have more than trivial interest that could be substantially affected by the proceeding, or is to the knowledge of the Administrative Law Judge likely to be a material witness in the proceeding.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge shall keep informed about his or her personal and fiduciary economic interests and make a reasonable effort to keep informed about the personal financial interests of the spouse and minor children residing in the household of the Administrative Law Judge.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> An Administrative Law Judge who is recused by the terms of this Rule may disclose on the record the basis of disqualification and may ask the parties and their lawyers to consider, out of his or her presence, whether to waive disqualification. If following disclosure of any basis for disqualification other than personal bias or prejudice concerning a party, the parties agree that the Administrative Law Judge should not be disqualified, the Administrative Law Judge may preside over the proceeding. The agreement shall be incorporated into the hearing record.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(5)">(5)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Any party shall move for the disqualification of an Administrative Law Judge promptly after receipt of notice indicating that the Administrative Law Judge will preside or promptly upon discovering facts establishing grounds for disqualification, whichever is later.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.32(6)">(6)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> All motions for recusal shall be made in writing and shall be accompanied by an affidavit setting forth definite and specific allegations that demonstrate the facts upon which the motion for disqualification is based. A motion for recusal shall be referred to another Administrative Law Judge if the Administrative Law Judge originally assigned to the matter determines that the affidavit is legally sufficient and that, assuming all the allegations of the affidavit are true, recusal would be warranted. If the motion for recusal is referred to another Administrative Law Judge and the motion is determined to be meritorious, the Administrative Law Judge originally assigned to the matter shall be disqualified.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.33" name="616-1-2-.33" title="616-1-2-.33">Rule 616-1-2-.33 Transfer of the Record to the Referring Agency</a></h2> <P>Following the entry of an Initial Decision, the Clerk shall compile and certify the record of the hearing, including the Initial Decision and any tapes or other recordings of the hearing which have not been transcribed, to the Referring Agency. Unless the record has been certified to a reviewing court pursuant to Rule 39, sixty (60) days following the entry of a Final Decision the Clerk shall compile and certify the record of the hearing, including the Final Decision and any tapes or other recordings of the hearing which have not been transcribed, to the Referring Agency.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.34" name="616-1-2-.34" title="616-1-2-.34">Rule 616-1-2-.34 Appearance by Attorneys; Signing of Pleadings</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.34(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Except as authorized in paragraph (2) of this Rule or where authorized by law, no person shall represent any party in a proceeding before an Administrative Law Judge unless the person is an active member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia and has filed an entry of appearance in the case in the attorney's individual name. An entry of appearance shall not be required if a pleading, motion or other paper has previously been filed on the case by the attorney of record pursuant to paragraph (3) of this Rule.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.34(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.34(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign">Nonresident attorneys who are not active members of the State Bar of Georgia may be permitted to appear before an Administrative Law Judge in isolated cases upon motion to and in the discretion of the Administrative Law Judge. A motion to appear in a particular case shall state the jurisdiction in which the movant regularly practices and state that the movant agrees to behave in accordance with the Georgia standards of professional conduct and the duties imposed upon attorneys by O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=15-19-4&amp;title=15#" target="_newtab">15-19-4</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.34(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"><U>In the Administrative Law Judge's discretion, an owner, majority shareholder, director, officer, registered agent, member, manager or partner of a corporation, limited liability company, or partnership may be allowed to represent the entity in a proceeding before an Administrative Law Judge. </U></td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.34(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Every pleading, motion, or other paper of a party represented by an attorney shall be signed by at least one attorney of record in the attorney's individual name, whose address shall be stated. A party who is not represented by an attorney shall sign the party's pleadings and state the party's address. The signature of an attorney constitutes a certificate by the attorney that the attorney has read the pleading and that it is not interposed for any improper purpose, including, but not limited to, delay or harassment. If a pleading, motion, or other paper is signed in violation of this Rule, the Administrative Law Judge, upon motion of any party or upon the Administrative Law Judge's own motion, shall impose upon the person who signed it, a represented party, or both, an appropriate sanction, including, but not limited to, dismissal.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.35" name="616-1-2-.35" title="616-1-2-.35">Rule 616-1-2-.35 Involuntary Dismissal</a></h2> <P>After a party with the burden of proof has presented its evidence, any other party may move for dismissal on the ground that the party that presented its evidence has failed to carry its burden. The Administrative Law Judge may determine the facts and render an Initial or Final Decision against the party that has presented its evidence as to any or all issues. The moving party shall not waive its right to offer evidence in the event the motion is denied. The Administrative Law Judge may decline to render an Initial or Final Decision until after the close of all the evidence.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.36" name="616-1-2-.36" title="616-1-2-.36">Rule 616-1-2-.36 Alternative Dispute Resolution</a></h2> <P>The Office of State Administrative Hearings has established an Alternative Dispute Resolution process to provide a speedy, efficient, and inexpensive resolution of disputes. The Uniform Rules for Dispute Resolution Programs adopted by the Georgia Supreme Court that are applicable to contested civil actions shall be followed.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.37" name="616-1-2-.37" title="616-1-2-.37">Rule 616-1-2-.37 Request for Agency Records</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.37(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In any matter which could result in the revocation, suspension, or limitation of a license or permit, requests by the licensee or permit holder for exculpatory, favorable, or arguably favorable information relative to any pending issues concerning the license or permit shall be governed by O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-13-18&amp;title=50#50-13-18(d)" target="_newtab">50-13-18(d)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.37(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Requests for access to public records pertaining to the subject of a pending matter shall be governed by O.C.G.A. § <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-18-70&amp;title=50#50-18-70(e)" target="_newtab">50-18-70(e)</a>.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.38" name="616-1-2-.38" title="616-1-2-.38">Rule 616-1-2-.38 Discovery</a></h2> <P>Discovery shall not be available in any proceeding before an Administrative Law Judge except to the extent specifically authorized by law. Nothing in this Rule is intended to limit the provisions of Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 or Rule 37.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.39" name="616-1-2-.39" title="616-1-2-.39">Rule 616-1-2-.39 Judicial Review</a></h2> <P>Pursuant to the APA, a copy of any petition for judicial review of a Final Decision shall be filed with the Office of State Administrative Hearings by the party seeking judicial review simultaneously with the service of the petition upon the Referring Agency. The Referring Agency shall submit the hearing record as compiled and certified by the Clerk to the reviewing court.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.40" name="616-1-2-.40" title="616-1-2-.40">Rule 616-1-2-.40 Penalties in Department of Natural Resources Matters</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Whenever an official within the Department of Natural Resources ("DNR Official") seeks the imposition of civil penalties, the DNR Official shall file a petition for hearing with the Clerk.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A petition for hearing on civil penalties shall contain: <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(2)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which a hearing is requested;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(2)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a statement indicating each specific section, subsection, or paragraph, if applicable, of the laws or regulations allegedly violated;</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(2)(c)">(c)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> a short and plain statement of the facts asserted as the basis of the alleged violation(s); and</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(2)(d)">(d)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> the amount of civil penalty sought to be imposed.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(3)">(3)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> Upon filing the petition, the Clerk shall issue a summons directed to each person from whom civil penalties are sought and deliver the summons to the DNR Official for service. The summons shall be signed by the Clerk, and contain the name of the forum, the name and address of counsel for the DNR Official, and a statement of the requirements of paragraph (4) of this Rule. Each summons shall have a copy of the petition for hearing attached, and both shall be served by the DNR Official by certified mail or personal service. A return of service for each summons and petition shall be filed with the Clerk promptly after service.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.40(4)">(4)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A response to the petition shall be filed with the Clerk and served upon the DNR Official within thirty (30) days of service of the summons and petition. The response shall address all factual allegations set forth in the petition and shall include any affirmative defenses. Any allegations of fact contained in the petition for hearing shall be deemed admitted unless they are specifically denied, or unless it is stated that there is a lack of knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.41" name="616-1-2-.41" title="616-1-2-.41">Rule 616-1-2-.41 Continuances; Conflicts</a></h2> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.41(1)">(1)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.41(1)(a)">(a)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A motion for continuance shall only be granted upon a showing of good cause, and shall not be granted simply because the parties or their counsel agree. The Administrative Law Judge may consider among other pertinent factors the impact of a continuance on any parties who do not consent to the motion, the calendar of Administrative Law Judge, the difficulty in rescheduling the hearing site, the need for an expeditious resolution of the matter(s) at issue, and the public health, safety, and welfare.</td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.41(1)(b)">(b)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> A notice of conflict filed shall not be considered a motion for a continuance unless the notice expressly requests a continuance.</td> </tr> </table> </td> </tr> </table> <table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="4" cellpadding="4"> <tr> <td valign="top" width="1%" style="white-space:nowrap;text-align:left;width:18px;"><a style="white-space:nowrap;" name="616-1-2-.41(2)">(2)</a></td> <td valign="top" style="text-align:left" class="leftalign"> In the event an attorney has a conflict involving an appearance before the Office of State Administrative Hearings and another legal proceeding, the requirements of the Uniform Rules for the Superior Courts shall be followed.</td> </tr> </table> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.42" name="616-1-2-.42" title="616-1-2-.42">Rule 616-1-2-.42 Attorney Withdrawals; Leaves of Absence</a></h2> <P>Attorneys of record shall follow the Uniform Rules for the Superior Courts for withdrawals and leaves of absence.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.43" name="616-1-2-.43" title="616-1-2-.43">Rule 616-1-2-.43 News Coverage of Hearings</a></h2> <P>In all administrative hearings open to the public, persons desiring to broadcast, record, or photograph any portion of the hearing must file a timely written request with the Administrative Law Judge prior to the hearing. The request shall specify the particular hearing for which such coverage is requested, the type of equipment to be used in the courtroom, and the person responsible for installation and operation of such equipment. The Administrative Law Judge shall resolve such request in the manner prescribed for such a request by the Uniform Rules for the Superior Courts.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.44" name="616-1-2-.44" title="616-1-2-.44">Rule 616-1-2-.44 Powers of Administrative Law Judge</a></h2> <P>An Administrative Law Judge shall have all the powers of the ultimate decision maker in the agency with respect to a contested case and the power to do all things specified in paragraph (6) of subsection (a) of Code Section <a href="https://links.casemakerlegal.com/states/ga/books/Code_of_Georgia/browse?ci=25&amp;id=gasos&amp;codesec=50-13-13&amp;title=50#" target="_newtab">50-13-13</a>. In addition, an Administrative Law Judge shall have the power to impose civil penalties for failing to obey any lawful process or order of the Administrative Law Judge or any Rule or regulation promulgated by the Office of State Administrative Hearings, for failure to comply with subpoenas, for any indecorous or improper conduct committed in the presence of the Administrative Law Judge, or for submitting pleadings or papers for an improper purpose or containing frivolous arguments or arguments that have no evidentiary support. An Administrative Law Judge may impose a civil penalty for any such violation of not less than $100.00 nor more than $1,000.00 per violation. Any violator who is assessed a civil penalty may also be assessed the cost of collection. The Administrative Law Judge shall have the power to issue writs of fierifacias to collect such penalties and costs assessed, which shall be enforced in the same manner as a similar writ issued by a superior court. All penalties and costs assessed shall be tendered and made payable to the Office of State Administrative Hearings and shall be deposited in the general fund of the state treasury.</P> <h2><a href="/GAC/Form(616-1-2) 1" name="(616-1-2) 1" title="(616-1-2) 1">Form (616-1-2) 1 </a></h2> <P> <P><img class="ImageLink" src="/pdf/ga/admin/2019/616-1-2-1.jpg" alt=" image: ga/admin/2019/616-1-2-1.jpg"></P> </P> </div> </div> </HTML> </div> <div id="toc" class="sidebar noprint"> <ul id="toc-children" class="children"><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.01" name="616-1-2-.01" title="616-1-2-.01">Rule 616-1-2-.01 Definitions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.02" name="616-1-2-.02" title="616-1-2-.02">Rule 616-1-2-.02 Applicability and Scope of Rules</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.03" name="616-1-2-.03" title="616-1-2-.03">Rule 616-1-2-.03 Referring Cases</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.04" name="616-1-2-.04" title="616-1-2-.04">Rule 616-1-2-.04 Filing and Submitting Documents</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.05" name="616-1-2-.05" title="616-1-2-.05">Rule 616-1-2-.05 Computing Time</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.06" name="616-1-2-.06" title="616-1-2-.06">Rule 616-1-2-.06 Changes of Time</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.07" name="616-1-2-.07" title="616-1-2-.07">Rule 616-1-2-.07 Burden of Proof</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.08" name="616-1-2-.08" title="616-1-2-.08">Rule 616-1-2-.08 Pleadings; Amendments to Pleadings</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.09" name="616-1-2-.09" title="616-1-2-.09">Rule 616-1-2-.09 Notice of Hearing</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.10" name="616-1-2-.10" title="616-1-2-.10">Rule 616-1-2-.10 Ex Parte Communications</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.11" name="616-1-2-.11" title="616-1-2-.11">Rule 616-1-2-.11 Service</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.12" name="616-1-2-.12" title="616-1-2-.12">Rule 616-1-2-.12 Consolidation; Severance</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.13" name="616-1-2-.13" title="616-1-2-.13">Rule 616-1-2-.13 Substitution of Parties; Intervention; Joinder</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.14" name="616-1-2-.14" title="616-1-2-.14">Rule 616-1-2-.14 Prehearing Conferences</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.15" name="616-1-2-.15" title="616-1-2-.15">Rule 616-1-2-.15 Summary Determination</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.16" name="616-1-2-.16" title="616-1-2-.16">Rule 616-1-2-.16 Motions</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.17" name="616-1-2-.17" title="616-1-2-.17">Rule 616-1-2-.17 Withdrawal of Hearing Request; Settlement</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.18" name="616-1-2-.18" title="616-1-2-.18">Rule 616-1-2-.18 Evidence; Official Notice</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.19" name="616-1-2-.19" title="616-1-2-.19">Rule 616-1-2-.19 Subpoenas; Notices to Produce</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.20" name="616-1-2-.20" title="616-1-2-.20">Rule 616-1-2-.20 Depositions; Written Direct Testimony</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.21" name="616-1-2-.21" title="616-1-2-.21">Rule 616-1-2-.21 Nature of Proceedings</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.22" name="616-1-2-.22" title="616-1-2-.22">Rule 616-1-2-.22 Hearing Procedure</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.23" name="616-1-2-.23" title="616-1-2-.23">Rule 616-1-2-.23 Record of Hearings</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.24" name="616-1-2-.24" title="616-1-2-.24">Rule 616-1-2-.24 Proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law; Briefs</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.25" name="616-1-2-.25" title="616-1-2-.25">Rule 616-1-2-.25 Newly Discovered Evidence</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.26" name="616-1-2-.26" title="616-1-2-.26">Rule 616-1-2-.26 Closure of Hearing Record</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.27" name="616-1-2-.27" title="616-1-2-.27">Rule 616-1-2-.27 Initial or Final Decision</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.28" name="616-1-2-.28" title="616-1-2-.28">Rule 616-1-2-.28 Motions for Reconsideration or Rehearing; Stay of Initial or Final Decision</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.29" name="616-1-2-.29" title="616-1-2-.29">Rule 616-1-2-.29 Remands</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.30" name="616-1-2-.30" title="616-1-2-.30">Rule 616-1-2-.30 Default</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.31" name="616-1-2-.31" title="616-1-2-.31">Rule 616-1-2-.31 Emergency or Expedited Procedures</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.32" name="616-1-2-.32" title="616-1-2-.32">Rule 616-1-2-.32 Recusal of an Administrative Law Judge</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.33" name="616-1-2-.33" title="616-1-2-.33">Rule 616-1-2-.33 Transfer of the Record to the Referring Agency</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.34" name="616-1-2-.34" title="616-1-2-.34">Rule 616-1-2-.34 Appearance by Attorneys; Signing of Pleadings</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.35" name="616-1-2-.35" title="616-1-2-.35">Rule 616-1-2-.35 Involuntary Dismissal</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.36" name="616-1-2-.36" title="616-1-2-.36">Rule 616-1-2-.36 Alternative Dispute Resolution</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.37" name="616-1-2-.37" title="616-1-2-.37">Rule 616-1-2-.37 Request for Agency Records</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.38" name="616-1-2-.38" title="616-1-2-.38">Rule 616-1-2-.38 Discovery</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.39" name="616-1-2-.39" title="616-1-2-.39">Rule 616-1-2-.39 Judicial Review</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.40" name="616-1-2-.40" title="616-1-2-.40">Rule 616-1-2-.40 Penalties in Department of Natural Resources Matters</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.41" name="616-1-2-.41" title="616-1-2-.41">Rule 616-1-2-.41 Continuances; Conflicts</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.42" name="616-1-2-.42" title="616-1-2-.42">Rule 616-1-2-.42 Attorney Withdrawals; Leaves of Absence</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.43" name="616-1-2-.43" title="616-1-2-.43">Rule 616-1-2-.43 News Coverage of Hearings</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/616-1-2-.44" name="616-1-2-.44" title="616-1-2-.44">Rule 616-1-2-.44 Powers of Administrative Law Judge</a></li><li><a href="/GAC/Form(616-1-2) 1" name="(616-1-2) 1" title="(616-1-2) 1">Form (616-1-2) 1 </a></li></ul> </div> </div> <!--content ends here--> <div id="footer" class="noprint"><span class="footer">Copyright &copy; 2020 Lawriter LLC - All rights reserved.</span>| <a href="mailto:support@casemakerlegal.com?subject=Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia">Email Us</a> | 844-838-0769 | <a href="http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en" target="_blank" onclick="if(navigator.userAgent.toLowerCase().indexOf('opera') != -1 && window.event.preventDefault)window.event.preventDefault();this.newWindow = window.open('http://livechat.casemakerlegal.com/client.php?locale=en&url='+escape(document.location.href)+'&referrer='+escape(document.referrer), 'webim','toolbar=0,scrollbars=0,location=0,status=1,menubar=0,width=640,height=480,resizable=1');this.newWindow.focus();this.newWindow.opener=window;return false;">Live Chat</a> </div> </div> </body> </html>