WAC 182-526-0375 Summary of the hearing process.
Effective March 16, 2017
At a hearing under this chapter:
- The administrative law judge (ALJ):
- Explains the hearing rights of the parties;
- Marks and admits or rejects exhibits;
- Ensures that a record is made;
- Explains that a decision is mailed after the hearing;
- Notifies the parties of appeal rights;
- May keep the record open for a time after the hearing if needed to receive more evidence or argument; and
- May take actions as authorized under this chapter.
- The parties may:
- Make opening statements to explain the issues;
- Offer evidence to prove their positions, including oral or written statements of witnesses;
- Question the witnesses presented by the other parties; and
- Give closing arguments about what the evidence shows and what laws apply.
- At the end of the hearing, the record is closed unless the ALJ allows more time to file additional evidence. See WAC 182-526-0390.