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PDFWAC 10-08-200

Adjudicative proceedings—Presiding officer.

The presiding officer shall have authority to:
(1) Determine the order of presentation of evidence;
(2) Administer oaths and affirmations;
(3) Issue subpoenas pursuant to RCW 34.05.446;
(4) Rule on procedural matters, objections, and motions;
(5) Rule on motions for summary judgment;
(6) Rule on offers of proof and receive relevant evidence;
(7) Pursuant to RCW 34.05.449(5), close parts of a hearing to public observation or order the exclusion of witnesses upon a showing of good cause;
(8) Interrogate witnesses called by the parties in an impartial manner to develop any facts deemed necessary to fairly and adequately decide the matter;
(9) Call additional witnesses and request additional exhibits deemed necessary to complete the record and receive such evidence subject to full opportunity for cross-examination and rebuttal by all parties;
(10) Take official notice of facts pursuant to RCW 34.05.452(5);
(11) Regulate the course of the hearing and take any appropriate action necessary to maintain order during the hearing;
(12) Permit or require oral argument or briefs and determine the time limits for submission thereof;
(13) Issue an order of default pursuant to RCW 34.05.440;
(14) Hold prehearing conferences;
(15) Appoint a mediator or serve as mediator, provided that after serving as mediator, the presiding officer shall not conduct the hearing or issue a decision on the matter unless the parties specifically waive any objections to doing so;
(16) Take any other action necessary and authorized by any applicable statute or rule; and
(17) Waive any requirement of these rules unless a party shows that it would be prejudiced by such a waiver.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.020, 34.05.250, 34.12.030 and 34.12.080. WSR 99-20-115, § 10-08-200, filed 10/6/99, effective 11/6/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.05.250. WSR 89-13-036 (Order 6), § 10-08-200, filed 6/15/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 34.04.020 and 34.04.022. WSR 82-22-052 (Order 3), § 10-08-200, filed 11/1/82.]
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